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LE Cell Phenomenon

Interpreting Results

Overview of 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.

Preparation for LE Cell Phenomenon

  • No special preparation required

Sample Type for LE Cell Phenomenon

The sample type collected for LE Cell Phenomenon is: Blood

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.

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Established in 1995, Lifecare is the country's premier full-service diagnostic center with laboratory, providing expertise in imaging and digital pathology services. Our integrated diagnostic services help doctors personalize patient care to optimally treat disease and maintain health and wellness. We are committed to providing only the highest level of testing quality and service and working with you to provide unique solutions to your most challenging needs. A highly skilled team of medical professionals including physicians, scientists, medical technologists, medical technicians, lab assistants, biologists, chemists, microbiologists, geneticists, and other specialists work collaboratively. The department receives specimens for testing from patients and collection centers and is a reference laboratory for other clinics and hospitals both nationally and internationally. Lifecare's mission is to support the local delivery of laboratory services through the provision of exceptional reference laboratory services and by providing support services that facilitate and augment community integration efforts. We ensure Quality control programs that exceed industry guidelines for every patient sample. Proactive internal quality control team consisting of pathologists and laboratory personnel ensuring consistency and accuracy of specimen processing and diagnosis Our staff recognizes that specimens are patients, not just accession numbers in our lab. They are dedicated to combining the newest technologies, expertise, and quality in every sample they process.

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