Antinuclear Antibodies Direct (ANA)
The ANA test is ordered when a patient shows signs and symptoms that are associated with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) or another autoimmune disorder. This is a qualitative test which means it reports positive or negative. This test reflexes to Quest 36209 ANA Titer and Pattern. Expect results back in 1-2 days, longer if reflex testing is undertaken.
Preparation: No special preparation is needed. Fasting is not required for this blood test. In general, being well hydrated (drinking plenty of water before the blood draw) will help make your veins somewhat easier to locate and access for the blood draw.
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These are not intended as diagnostic comments, but only to give you sufficient information for further discussion with your physician. It is important that you promptly consult your physician regarding any abnormal findings. 249
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