Antimitochondrial Antibody
(AMA)

Alternate Names

  • Mitochondrial 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. AMA is a blood test that is mainly used to diagnose cirrhosis of the liver that may have an autoimmune cause. Another AMA test is AMA M-2, which is very specific to autoimmune cirrhosis of the liver.

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