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Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
ANA (Antinuclear antibody)
Referral code
Test information
This is used as a screening test for Lupus (SLE) and certain other connective tissue diseases. Strong positive results (titres of 1:320 and above) may be clinically significant, particularly with some staining patterns. For example: Speckled pattern - connective tissue disease, SLE; Homogenous pattern - SLE, and drug induced lupus; Nucleolar pattern - scleroderma or sicca syndrome. Positive results from the screen are titred the following day
Special requirements
Plasma or Serum
Tube type
SST, Plain or Lithium Heparin
Gold, red and green top tubes
Assay frequency
TAT GP/Outpatient
up to 7 days. Urgent assay is available.
Referral lab
Immunology Russells Hall Hospital
Page last updated: 11 January 2022