Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
No fasting required.
Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
This blood test is used to detect antibodies to nuclear antigens. The antibodies may be present in higher than normal numbers in autoimmune disease. A positive Antinuclear Antibody (ANA) test result may suggest an autoimmune disorder such as systemic lupus or Hashimoto’s disease. However, the test may also be positive in people with allergies as well as in older populations without identified health problems.
This blood test measures Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin levels. Sex Hormone-Binding Globulin is also known as SHGB and Testosterone-binding Globulin (TeBG). Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) is under the positive control of estrogen and thyroid hormone and is suppressed by androgens. It also serves as a transport protein for thyroid and testosterone.
ABO Grouping is the classification system used to determine blood types. This system is used because antibodies needed for testing are consistent and naturally present in the serum of those blood types. The potential blood types are: O positive, O negative, A positive, A negative, B positive, B negative, AB positive and AB negative. The universal donor is O negative. The universal recipient is AB positive.
This blood test is used to monitor exposure to benzene. Benzene is an organic compound that is found in nature and is also manmade. Natural sources of benzene are volcanoes and forest fires. Benzene is also a natural component of crude oil and cigarette smoke and is one of the most basic petrochemicals used in the production of gasoline. Benzene has been described as having a sweet odor. It evaporates very quickly when exposed to air and dissolves quickly in water.