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Also known as: Antibody to ds-DNA; Native double-stranded DNA Antibody; anti-DNA; Double stranded DNA Antibody
Formal name: Anti-double-stranded DNA, IgG

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help diagnose and monitor lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE)

When to Get Tested?

When you have a positive ANA test and signs and symptoms associated with lupus, such as persistent fatigue and weakness, arthritis-like pain in one or more joints, a red rash resembling a butterfly across the nose and cheeks, and/or skin sensitivity to light; periodically when you have been diagnosed with lupus

Sample Required?

A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?