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Anti-Cardiolipin Antibodies

Also known as: Anticardiolipin Antibodies; aCL Antibody
Formal name: Cardiolipin Antibodies (IgG, IgM, and IgA)
Related tests: Antiphospholipid Antibodies; Beta-2 Glycoprotein 1 Antibodies; Anti-phosphatidylserine; Autoantibodies; Lupus Anticoagulant Testing

Why should I do it?
To help investigate inappropriate blood clot formation, to help determine the cause of recurrent miscarriage, or as part of an evaluation for antiphospholipid syndrome or sometimes other autoimmune diseases

When should I do it?
When you have had one or more unexplained venous or arterial blood clots (thrombotic episodes); when you have had recurrent miscarriages, especially in the second and third trimesters; when you have symptoms consistent with an autoimmune disease

What Kind of Sample is Needed?
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?
None