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LE Cell Phenomenon

You need to provide
Blood
This test is for
Male, Female
Test Preparation
  1. No special preparation required

Overview


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


Interpretations

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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