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An antinuclear antibody (ANA) test is a type of blood test. It measures the amount of certain types of autoantibodies in the blood. Autoantibodies are types of antibodies that target and react to your own body (called an autoimmune reaction).
An ANA test is done to help identify problems with the immune system, such as:
In general, there's nothing you have to do before this test, unless your doctor tells you to.
A health professional uses a needle to take a blood sample, usually from the arm.
The test will take several minutes.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse advice line (811 in most provinces and territories) if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
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Adaptation Date: 2/28/2022
Adapted By: Alberta Health Services
Adaptation Reviewed By: Alberta Health Services
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