LE Cell Phenomenon
What is LE Cell Phenomenon?
The Lupus Erythematosus (LE) cell test is a screening test performed to diagnose systemic Lupus Erythematosus, a chronic autoimmune disease.
Why is LE Cell Phenomenon done?
The test is performed when symptoms of Lupus appear. While these vary, the commonest symptom is the appearance of a very characteristic rash spread across the nose and cheeks that resembles a butterfly. In case of Systemic lupus, a number of other conditions appear in combination, including muscle and joint pain, fatigue, Raynaud phenomenon, etc.
Interpreting LE Cell Phenomenon results
The LE Cell test is considered positive if about 2% to 30% of neutrophil cells seen on the slide are LE cells. Positive result indicates Lupus erythematosus disease.