Smooth Muscle Antibody (SMA) is an autoantibody that targets antigens found in smooth muscle cells. These antibodies are associated with certain autoimmune diseases, particularly autoimmune hepatitis and related conditions.
|Also Known as
|Smooth Muscle Antibody, SMA, Anti-Smooth Muscle Antibody, ASMA, Actin Antibody, F-Actin Antibody, ACTA, Smooth Muscle Antibody Titers, SMAT, Autoantibody
|To help diagnose autoimmune hepatitis and distinguish it from other causes of liver injury
|No need any Preparation
|Smooth Muscle Antibody
Smooth Muscle Antibody Titers
|2 ML (1 ML Min.) Serum From 1 SST. Ship Refrigerated Or Frozen. Overnight Fasting Is Preferred.
|Immunofluorescence Assay, ELISA
The presence of Smooth Muscle Antibodies can be detected through laboratory testing, usually by using techniques such as indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) or enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). These tests detect the presence of SMA in the blood serum by detecting the binding of antibodies to smooth muscle antigens.
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
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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