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LE Cell Phenomenon

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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.




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