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Anti-Nuclear Antibodies (ANA)

Also known as: Antinuclear Antibody; Fluorescent Antinuclear Antibody; FANA
Formal name: Antinuclear Antibody
Related tests: ENA Panel; Complement; AMA; Autoantibodies; Anti-dsDNA; Anticentromere Antibody; Nucleolar Antibody

Why should I do it?
To screen for certain autoimmune disorders, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), polymyosistis, and a number of others

When should I do it?
When your doctor thinks that you have symptoms of an autoimmune disorder

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

Test Preparation Needed?
None needed; however, some drugs interfere with the test, so tell your doctor about any medications you are taking.