At a glance
Also known as
Antibody to ds-DNA; Native double-stranded DNA antibody; anti-DNA; Double stranded DNA antibody
Why get tested?
To help diagnose and monitor systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
When to get tested?
When you have associated with SLE and a positive ANA test; periodically when you have been diagnosed with SLE
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm
Test preparation needed?
What is being tested?
This test measures the amount of to double-stranded deoxyribonucleic acid (anti-dsDNA) that may be present in the blood. Anti-dsDNA is an autoantibody, produced when a person's fails to distinguish between "self" and "non-self" cellular components. It mistakenly targets and attacks the body's own genetic material, causing inflammation, tissue damage, and other and that are associated with an autoimmune disorder.
Anti-dsDNA is one of several antinuclear antibodies (ANA), a group of antibodies directed against substances found in the of cells. While it may be present at a low level with a number of disorders, anti-dsDNA is primarily associated with the autoimmune disorder systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or Lupus). dsDNA antibodies are occasionally found in people who have no medical problem. SLE can affect the kidneys, , blood vessels, skin, heart, lungs, and the brain. Symptoms may include joint pain, rashes, fatigue, and kidney dysfunction. SLE occurs most frequently in women between the ages of 15 to 40 and is more common in non-Caucasians. While no direct cause is known, there may be some genetic predisposition. Certain drugs, chemicals, sunlight, or infections may trigger an episode.
One particularly serious complication of SLE is lupus nephritis, a condition characterized by inflammation of the kidneys, which can lead to protein in the urine, high blood pressure, and kidney failure. It occurs when the autoantibodies bind to and become deposited in the kidneys.
How is the sample collected for testing?
A blood sample is obtained by inserting a needle into a vein in the arm.
Is any test preparation needed to ensure the quality of the sample?
No test preparation is needed.