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The Purpose of an Anti-SS-B/Anti-SS-A Lab Test
Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that primarily affects the eyes and mouth. The body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the tissues in the glands and mucous membranes that provide moisture, resulting in chronic dryness in the mouth and eyes, as well as other symptoms. This disorder is often diagnosed in people who are in their 40s, using a battery of different tools, including the anti-SS-B/anti-SS-A blood test.
What Does the SS-B/SS-A Antibody Test Measure?
SS-A (Ro) and SS-B (La) are antibodies the immune system produces in response to Sjogren’s syndrome. (They may also appear in patients who have lupus, myositis, or other autoimmune disorders.)
Who Should Take an Anti-SS-B/Anti-SS-A Test?
You may consider being tested for Sjogren’s if you have the following symptoms in addition to dry eyes and mouth:
- Cracked lips
- Swollen glands in the face and neck
- Dry or rash-prone skin
- Dry cough
- Stiff or painful joints
- Inflamed and dry salivary glands
Sjogren’s AB Test Preparation
You don’t need to follow special instructions before your Anti-SS-A/Anti-SS-B blood test.
Anti-SS-B/Anti-SS-A Lab Test Results
A positive test result shows you have these antibodies in your system. You won’t be diagnosed with Sjogren’s or another autoimmune disease based on this test alone, but it can be used along with other tests to give a physician a clearer picture of your health status. While there isn’t a cure for Sjogren’s, a diagnosis is important because you can then pursue a plan to alleviate symptoms and achieve remission.
Where Can I Get an Anti-SS-B/Anti-SS-A Blood Test Near Me?
When you shop online at Personalabs, you’ll find a comprehensive selection of autoimmune disorder tests that give you valuable health insights. They’re among more than 400 tests we carry in a comprehensive collection designed to help you feel empowered to take control of your healthcare decisions. The process is simple:
Step 1: Get your doctor’s authorization to purchase the test, if necessary (depending on the state where you live), and then shop Personalabs. Once you’ve bought your test, download the accompanying lab order.
Step 2: Browse our more than 4,000 partner locations nationwide with the lab locator tool on our website to find a facility closest to you. We work with Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics, so you can rest assured your testing will be done with a top lab company.
Step 3: Go to the lab for your blood draw, bringing the downloaded test order with you.
Step 4: Check your private Personalabs account within 2 to 10 business days after your test date to find your results. Contact us if you need to get your test report by a specific date, and we will reach out to the lab on your behalf. If you need to talk with a physician about your results, book a telehealth appointment with one of our doctors.
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