Antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (ANCA) - serum
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5 mL blood in plain tube.
Indirect IF for detection of reaction pattern (c-ANCA, p-ANCA and atypical). Immunoassay to determine specificity (antiproteinase 3, antimyeloperoxidase).
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Assessment of patients with suspected systemic necrotising vasculitis and renal disease; microscopic polyangiitis, idiopathic necrotising and crescentic glomerulonephritis.
Cytoplasmic staining (c-ANCA) is frequently associated with antiproteinase 3 antibody and in an appropriate clinical context consistent with renal vasculitis, is a sensitive and specific test for Wegener's granulomatosis. Perinuclear staining (p-ANCA) is associated with a number of antibodies, including antimyeloperoxidase antibody; although it is found in patients with microscopic polyangiitis, it may also be present in a number of other renal, systemic and rheumatic disorders.
Savage, C O S. Harper, L. Cockwell, P. Adu, D. Howie, A J. Vasculitis . BMJ. 320(7245):1325-1328, May 13, 2000.