Histone antibodies - serum
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5 mL blood in plain tube.
To define specificity of ANA.
Classically histone antibodies give a homogeneous pattern on indirect IF.
Histone antibodies are of limited value in distinguishing between SLE and drug-induced lupus. Although present in 100% of procainamide-induced lupus they also occur in 20% of patients with SLE.
Adams, B et al. Int J Dermatol 2000; 39:12 887-891.