Blood sampling is one of the best ways to diagnose a number of treatable diseases. The composition of our blood can change if a disease is present, and it takes highly trained medical experts to analyze for abnormalities that may be indicative of an underlying disorder. Through laboratory services, doctors are able to analyze blood samples and perform biopsies on suspicious tissues to accurately diagnose your condition and provide truthful prognosis.
At the Los Angeles-based office of Susan A. Baker, MD, we perform blood test and lab services to diagnose immune and other disorders such as Lupus, Celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune disorders. Once diagnosed, Dr. Baker can prescribe and monitor a treatment plan for your individual condition and symptom presentation. For an in-depth diagnosis of your rheumatological condition, get in touch with Dr. Baker in Los Angeles by calling (310) 274–7770 today.
In order to diagnose immune disorders, doctors will need to take a blood sample and test it for specific antibodies. In immune disorders, antibodies mistakenly execute an attack on healthy cells causing tissue destruction and triggering the painful, inflammatory symptoms the patient experiences. If you are experiencing symptoms of an immune disorder and have a family history of Lupus or other autoimmune disease, an antibody test should be performed to assess your specific condition.
Antibody tests are also useful for:
- Monitoring the course of treatment for your autoimmune disorder
- Identifying and documenting the infectious or foreign agent
- Assess your immune strength against the foreign agent
For more information on antibody test on lupus, visit WebMD.com.
Preparing for Your Blood Test
Before you give a blood sample for laboratory testing it is important to inform your doctor of any medications or natural supplements you may be taking in addition to an accurate personal medical history. In some circumstances you may be asked to fast 9-12 hours before your blood is drawn dependent upon the test being performed. Once your blood is taken and sent to the lab for testing, you may resume your typical diet and daily activities.
Following a Blood Test
Blood sampling is a quick and informative measure to yield a wealth of information about your body’s condition. You may be lightheaded following a blood withdrawal and should refrain from attempting to hold overly heavy objects, as your arm may be weak near the injection site. Depending on the test results you are waiting for, lab services may take anywhere from a few hours to a few weeks to deliver concise and accurate answers. Once Dr. Baker has received your lab results, she will inform you about any potential diagnosis and treatment plan that may benefit your condition.
Q: What disorders and diseases can lab services identify?
A: Celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism and Lupus are only a few of the conditions blood antibody testing is competent in identifying.
Q: When should I undergo a blood sample?
A: If you have a family history of autoimmune disorders, or if you are suffering from fatigue, joint pain or swelling and want clarity on the origin of your symptoms before seeking treatment, a blood and antibody test may provide answers.
Best Lab Services in Beverly Hills
For the most comprehensive and compassionate care in Los Angeles, contact the offices of Dr. Baker, expert rheumatologist, today. If you are interested in scheduling a consultation with Dr. Baker call us at (310) 274-7770.
Next read on about X-Rays.