A synthetic circular peptide containing citrulline called CCP IgG (cyclic citrullinated peptide) has been found to be better at discriminating Rheumatoid Arthritis patients from patients with other diseases such as hepatitis C infection.
Also Known As: Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide
dsDNA Antibody is detected in patients with active systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and approximately 20% of patients with Mixed Connective Tissue Disease.
Also Known As: Antinative DNA, Anti-N-DNA
An antibody screen, also known as an indirect antiglobulin test or an indirect Coombs test is a test used to detect different types of antibodies against red blood cells antigens and is found circulating in the bloodstream.
Also Known As: Indirect Antiglobulin Test, Indirect Coombs'
Antinuclear Antibody (ANA)
Antinuclear antibodies are associated with rheumatic diseases including Systemic Lupus Erythematous (SLE), mixed connective tissue disease, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, polymyositis, CREST syndrome, and neurologic SLE.
Also Known As: ANA-Hep2, FANA
This test measures the level of Apolipoprotein A1 (APO A1) in the blood. APO A1 is a protein which is the primary component of HDL cholesterol, also known as the good cholesterol. HDL helps remove excess cholesterol from the body and prevents the buildup of plaque in the arteries. APO A1 levels typically rise and fall along with HDL. APO A1 deficiency can mean an increased risk of heart disease.
Apolipoprotein Assessment Ratio
The Apolipoprotein Assessment measures both Apolipoprotein A-1 (APO A-1) and Apolipoprotein B (APO B) as well as proving the ratio between them. APO B and A-1 are proteins which are involved in the body's process of transporting and metabolizing lipids.
Apolipoprotein B (APO B) has been reported to be a powerful indicator of coronary artery disease (CAD). In some patients with CAD, APO B is elevated even in the presence of normal LDL cholesterol.
Also Known As: Apo B
Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST)
Aspartate aminotransferase (AST) is an enzyme inside the liver cells. The bigger the liver damage, the more of it will be present in the blood.
Also Known As: AST(SGOT)
Basic Metabolic Panel
This panel includes BUN/Creatinine Ratio (calculated), Calcium, Carbon Dioxide, Chloride, Creatinine with GFR Estimated, Glucose, Potassium, Sodium, Urea Nitrogen (BUN). This blood test measures important parameters like sugar (glucose) level, electrolyte and fluid balance and kidney function.
Also Known As: BMP, Basic Chem Panel
Bee and Stinging Insect Allergy
The Bee and Stinging Insect Allergy panel looks for allergic reactions to the venom of several types of stinging insects. Knowing if you have an allergy to one or more types of insect stings can help a person get medical attention as soon as possible if necessary.