CTD

Address: for Samples:  Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust, Pathology Department, Dudley Road, Birmingham, B18 7QH

Contact Points

Email: bcpspathology.info@nhs.net Laboratory Tel: 0121 507 5345 Website: www.cityassays.org.uk
Connective tissue disease (CTD) is a common autoimmune disease. The connective tissues are structural portions of the body such as collagen and elastin which are essential to provide a framework or matrix for the body.  In patients with CTD, it is common for collagen and elastin to become injured by inflammation. We have a CTD service which tests for systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthiritis, scleroderma, polymyositis and dermatomyositis amongst many others. The CTD service provides the following test panel to aid in diagnosis: Tests available are: Anti-Nuclear Antibody (ANA), Complement C3 and C4 (C34), Extractable Nuclear Antigen (ENA) and double stranded Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) antibody. Judicious use of these tests in conjunction with clinical history and examination can help in the diagnosis and monitoring of CTD. ANA (anti-nuclear antibody) and dsDNA (double stranded DNA) test
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Connective Tissue Disease

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