Anticentromere Antibody Test
- Centromere Antibody
Autoimmune diseases cause the body to attack itself, which leads to inflammation and results in damage to muscles, tissues, and organs. The body produces antibodies specific to each autoimmune disease; the antibody levels measured in your blood are then used by your doctor to diagnose the disease that is causing your symptoms. Anticentromere antibody test is a blood test that is mainly used to diagnose CREST syndrome, which is a variation of scleroderma. This test provides a definite diagnosis for CREST syndrome, since people with scleroderma do not have elevated levels of anticentromere antibodies.
In a medical emergency, step away from this web site and call for emergency help. Remember, we're not doctors and we don't claim to be able to diagnose your condition. The information and services we provide or display here are merely intended to make you a more knowledgeable patient so that you can have smarter conversations with your actual health care providers.