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    Hi,

    Besides the ANA test, are any of the other 11 criteria covered in the basic bloodwork I had done (before going to the rheum.)?


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    These are the common laboratory tests used when attempting to diagnose Lupus:

    The anti-nuclear antibody test (ANA): a test to determine if autoantibodies to cell nuclei are present in the blood.
    The anti-DNA antibody test: to determine if the patient has antibodies to the genetic material in the cell.
    The anti-Sm antibody test: to determine if there are antibodies to Sm, which is a protein found in the cell nucleus.
    Tests to detect the presence of immune complexes in the blood.
    Tests to examine the total level of serum complement - a group of proteins which can occur in immune reactions - and tests to assess the specific level of C3 and C4, two proteins of this group.
    LE cell prep: An examination of the blood looking for a certain kind of cell which has ingested the swollen antibody-coated nucleus of another cell. This test is used less frequently than the ANA test, because the ANA is more sensitive for SLE than the LE cell prep.

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