by: Wieslab • 5
Wieslab is Scandinavia’s biggest private special laboratory for the diagnosis of autoimmune diseases. Wieslab was founded in 1991 and has been an independent division of Euro-Diagnostica since 2004. The laboratory has established a high level of expertise in kidney and lung related autoimmune diseases, e.g. vasculitis. Autoimmune diseases is a complex and demanding field of medicine in constant development. Wieslab strives actively to be at the front of this development to be able to offer new and sometimes unusual analyses for the diagnosis of rare autoimmune diseases.
In 1996 the first edition of ”Laboratory Manual” was published. The initiative to publish a brief summary of analyses in the autoimmune area came as a result of the great interest in this exciting and rapidly growing area. From the very beginning our Laboratory Manual attracted a lot of interest among both laboratory personnel and personnel in clinical care. Due to the continued great interest we now have the pleasure of presenting the first Android application on diagnosing autoimmune diseases.
The information in this application represents the testing protocols used at Wieslab. If you use other laboratories, please check the methods and reference ranges that are used there.
When do I order an autoantibody analysis?
On suspicion of chronic or acute inflammatory diseases with the presence of autoantibodies, in particular to confirm or exclude the diagnosis, and to assess disease activity, prognosis and effect of treatment of certain diseases.
On suspicion of an autoimmune disease it should be noted that findings of autoantibodies can only be used to support the diagnosis, as autoantibodies may occur without a disease or as a transient phenomenon during infection. A positive or negative result of a test can therefore not be used for a diagnosis, if there are no defined clinical disease criteria. In some diseases it may be appropriate to monitor the concentration of autoantibodies with regard to the development of manifest disease, on other occasions with regard to the assessment of disease activity, prognosis or effect of the treatment.
What should I send?
Take a venous or capillary blood sample in a tube without additive, let the sample clot and centrifuge it. The sample can be kept in a refrigerater while waiting for transport. Send 1-3 ml serum by ordinary mail. This will be enough for one or several analyses. For complement factor C3d, EDTA plasma is also required. Acute analyses should be sent by registered mail, taxi or courier.
What acute analyses are offered?
Acute analyses for anti-GBM and ANCA are performed all days of the year. For analyses on evenings and weekends, please call the laboratory to discuss means of transportation.
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