Anti Mitochondrial Antibody-IFA
What is Anti Mitochondrial Antibody-IFA?
The Anti-Mitochondrial Antibody-IFA test is performed to detect the presence of anti-mitochondrial antibodies (AMA) in the blood. This test helps to diagnose primary biliary cholangitis (PBC), a disorder that affects the bile ducts. Eventually, PBC damages the liver, leading to liver failure. Doctors recommend this test to patients who exhibit PBC symptoms which include itching, jaundice, enlarged liver, abdominal pain, etc.
A positive result in the test mostly indicates the patient is suffering from PBC. The doctor may also recommend liver function tests for accurate diagnosis. Avoiding smoking and drinking, eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly are some of the ways by which the damage to the liver can be lessened.