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Dr. Arthur Mandelin
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Autoimmune Panel (Overview)

An "autoimmune panel" is a group of blood tests used to evaluate a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that no blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood and looking at a number on the results report.


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So can what shows on an autoimmune panel, then change in 2 yrs time? What r some that mimic fibro? I was told some do by my dr

So can what shows on an autoimmune panel, then change in 2 yrs time? What r some that mimic fibro? I was told some do by my dr

Yes & None: Yes, autoimmunity tests can change over time. There are no autoimmune tests, however, which have been shown to have anything to do specifically with fibromyalgia. There may be a number of possible causes for fibro including food allergies and nerve irritation due to loose ligaments. Systemic lupus, hashimoto's thyroiditis, & a number or other disorders (not all autoimmune) can mimic fibro. ...Read more

Dr. Arthur Mandelin
20 doctors shared insights

Autoimmune Panel (Overview)

An "autoimmune panel" is a group of blood tests used to evaluate a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that no blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood and looking at a number on the results report.


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What is the definition or description of: autoimmune panel?

What is the definition or description of: autoimmune panel?

Group of tests: An "autoimmune panel" is a group of blood tests used to evaluate a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that no blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood and looking at a number on the results report. ...Read more

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Autoimmune panel: what are the odds those tests will find anything wrong?

5%: These tests are callibrated on the basis of a statistical probability, typically accepting a 5% frequency of false positives. So they may be abnormal in 1 of 20 individuals, but that does not mean that there is anything "wrong". ...Read more

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So can what shows on an autoimmune panel, then change in 2 yrs time? What r some that mimic fibro? I was told some do by my dr

Yes & None: Yes, autoimmunity tests can change over time. There are no autoimmune tests, however, which have been shown to have anything to do specifically with fibromyalgia. There may be a number of possible causes for fibro including food allergies and nerve irritation due to loose ligaments. Systemic lupus, hashimoto's thyroiditis, & a number or other disorders (not all autoimmune) can mimic fibro. ...Read more

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What if my rheumy refuses, thinks there is no need 4 another autoimmune panel..Everything is just my fibro, but other dr & I think 1 should be done!?

What if my rheumy refuses, thinks there is no need 4 another autoimmune panel..Everything is just my fibro, but other dr & I think 1 should be done!?

Conflict: It sounds like you're in conflict with your rheumatologist over what diagnostic tests you want done. You've already consulted with another physician. If you feel strongly about this, there's nothing to prevent the other physician from ordering the tests. But you & doctor #2 need to clarify specifically what you hope to gain from the new information. Will it change the treatment you're receiving? ...Read more

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Normal γ-globulins,autoimmune panel,and ALP@107.could ALT^^&AST^ be microscopic Inflammation bile ducts? Can't see the rationale? Normal liver MRCP

Could be.: Without seeing the results of all of your tests, it is impossible to tell whether autoimmune hepatitis is a reasonable diagnosis in your situation or not. It is possible to have a normal MRCP and still have autoimmune hepatitis. The only way to make a definitive diagnosis of AIH is with a liver biopsy. If you have more questions, you should ask your liver specialist. Good luck. ...Read more

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Need help with diagnosis: autoimmune condition, what test panels are best for first screening?

Which condition?: Different autoimmune diseases have different work-up protocols. This would depend entirely on what is being considered in your case. More information, please. Thanks. ...Read more

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Will a typical blood panel for autoimmune diseases detect graves disease?

Will a typical blood panel for autoimmune diseases detect graves disease?

Need specific test: You need to be testing for graves disease - there is no shotgun test for all autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

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Would any of the panel of blood tests rheumys do for autoimmune indicate celiac or does it have to be specifically tested for?

Depends: It depends what your rheumatologist is looking for. Generally, the celiac tests such as anti-gliadin, anti-tissue-transglutaminase, and IgA endomysial antibodies are not specifically tested for. Either you should ask if you have suspicion of family history of Celiac or your doctor has to suspect it in you. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more