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ID:127 Mitochondrial antibodies
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DescriptionAnti-mitochondrial antibodies are part of an autoantibody screen which includes gastric parietal cell antibodies, liver kidney microsomal antibodies and smooth muscle antibodies that can be detected using mouse liver, kidney and stomach multiblock slides.
IndicationPrimary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC)
Additional InfoMultiple anti-mitochondrial patterns are identifiable however the M2 pattern is considered pathognomic of Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC). If an unusual/atypical immunofluorescence pattern is detected immunoblotting is performed for confirmation of anti-M2 antibody. For all new patients with a positive anti-mitochondrial autoantibody the M2-AMA pattern will be confirmed by the liver immunoblot screen.
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

InterpretationPositive AMA results are titred. For new positive patients only, the M2-AMA pattern is confirmed by Liver Immunoblot. Anti-Mitochondrial Antibodies (AMA) are a highly sensitive and specific marker for Primary Biliary Cirrhosis (PBC). 95% of patients with PBC have a positive AMA. Also note they can be seen in other autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic sclerosis and chronic liver disease.

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Ref. Range NotesPositive samples are titred.
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IP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
IP Routine TAT7 days
GP Acute TAT- Contact Laboratory
GP Routine TAT7 days
Turnround CommentNA
Originally edited by : JHB. Last edited on 14/09/2018 14:30:42. Published By AM on 14/09/2017 14:30:42.