Anti-Smooth Muscle Antibody (ASMA) is an autoantibody that targets antigens found in smooth muscle cells. ASMA is primarily associated with autoimmune hepatitis (AIH) and is often detected in the blood of individuals with this condition. However, it is important to note that ASMA can also be found in other liver diseases and even in individuals without any apparent liver pathology.
|Also Known as||Smooth Muscle Antibody, SMA, Anti-Smooth Muscle Antibody, ASMA, Actin Antibody, F-Actin Antibody, ACTA, Smooth Muscle Antibody Titers, SMAT, Autoantibody|
|Test Purpose||To help diagnose autoimmune hepatitis and distinguish it from other causes of liver injury|
|Test Preparations||No need any Preparation|
|Test Components||Smooth Muscle Antibody|
Smooth Muscle Antibody Titers
|Specimen||2 ML (1 ML Min.) Serum From 1 SST. Ship Refrigerated Or Frozen. Overnight Fasting Is Preferred.|
|Stability Room||6 Hours|
|Stability Refrigerated||1 Week|
|Stability Frozen||2 Weeks|
|Method||Immunofluorescence Assay, ELISA|
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The presence of ASMA is typically determined through laboratory testing, such as indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). These tests detect the presence of ASMA in the serum by using specific antigens derived from smooth muscle cells. A positive ASMA result indicates the presence of these autoantibodies in the blood.
If SMA is found in your blood, you probably have autoimmune hepatitis. Autoimmune hepatitis is a disease in which the immune system attacks liver tissues. There are two types of autoimmune hepatitis:
- Type 1, the most common form of the disease. Type 1 affects more women than men. It is also more common in people who also have another autoimmune disorder.
- Type 2, a less common form of the disease. Type 2 mainly affects girls between the ages of 2 and 14.
Autoimmune hepatitis can be controlled with medications that suppress the immune system. Treatment is most effective when the disorder is detected early. Without treatment, autoimmune hepatitis can cause serious health problems, such as cirrhosis and liver failure.
Why Get Tested?
To help diagnose autoimmune hepatitis and distinguish it from other causes of liver injury
When to Get Tested:
You may need this test if you or your child have symptoms of autoimmune hepatitis. These include:
- Jaundice (a condition that causes the skin and eyes to turn yellow)
- Abdominal pain
- joint pain
- Skin rash
- loss of appetite
- dark colored urine
Preparation for Test:
No Need any Preparation for this test
Red-top tube or gel-barrier tube
|Room temperature||6 Hours|
|Freeze/thaw cycles||Stable x3|
Causes for Rejection
Hemolysis; lipemia; gross bacterial contamination; heat-treated specimen; specimen with preservative added
- Negative: 0−19
- Weak positive: 20−30
- Moderate to strong positive: >30
Abnormal Results Reasons
A positive test may be due to:
- Active chronic autoimmune hepatitis
- infectious mononucleosis
The test also helps distinguish autoimmune hepatitis from systemic lupus erythematosus. F-Actin Antibody ACTA
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