SS-A Antibodies(Anti Ro)

SS-A and SS-B antibodies are nuclear antibodies (Anti Nuclear Antibodies)in patients with Rheumatic Disases. SS-A Antibodies are found in 50% of patients with Sjorgen’s Syndrome (The immune system mistakely attacks the body’s own cells and tissues). Scientists are not yet clear why some people develop this Syndrome. It may happen either because of certain genes or a triggering mechanism such as infections. Although the illness may show at any age, it is mostly seen above 40 years.
Interpretation: In Sjorgen’s Syndrome, the immune system first attacks the glands that make tears and saliva. It may also attack throid, joints, liver, nerves, kidneys, lungs and skin. The complications may affect dental cavities, lungs and kidneys, vision functions, lymph nodes and nerves. Although SS-A antibodies are spesific to Sjorgen’s Syndrome (50%), they may be found in other immune diseases, as well as some healthy people. Therefore, it is not by itself a definite diagnosis of Sjorgen’s Syndrome, but there is not any reference values because normally the result should be negative.
Sample: Arm Vein Blood. Nonfasting
Working day: Tuesday, Friday
Result Time: 4 days 6:00 PM