Serum, NA, Fasting or Non Fasting: As suggested by doctor
A blood sample is required for this test. A healthcare professional will draw blood from a vein, usually from the arm.
The test results are typically available within a few days after the blood sample is collected.
Test Normal Range:
The normal range for cardiolipin IgG antibody levels can vary. The findings will be interpreted by your doctor.
What is the Test?
The cardiolipin IgG antibody test measures the levels of immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies against cardiolipin, a phospholipid found in cell membranes. Elevated levels of these antibodies can indicate autoimmune disorders, such as antiphospholipid syndrome, which can cause blood clots and pregnancy complications.
Blood Collection: A healthcare professional will clean the area, usually your arm, and draw blood using a needle and syringe. Sample Analysis: The collected blood sample will be sent to a laboratory for analysis of cardiolipin IgG antibody levels.
When to Take the Test:
The cardiolipin IgG antibody test is often performed if a person shows symptoms of antiphospholipid syndrome, recurrent blood clots, or pregnancy complications.
Who Should Take This Test:
Individuals with a history of blood clots, especially if they are unexplained or recurrent. Pregnant women who have experienced multiple miscarriages or complications.
Precautions for Exceptional Cases (Pregnancy etc.):
Inform your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or breastfeeding before taking the test. Antiphospholipid syndrome can lead to pregnancy complications.
Q1: What is antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)?
A: APS is an autoimmune disorder that causes the immune system to attack phospholipids in cell membranes, leading to an increased risk of blood clots and pregnancy complications.
Q2: What are the symptoms of APS?
A: APS can cause blood clots in veins or arteries, leading to conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or stroke. In pregnancy, it can cause recurrent miscarriages or preeclampsia.
Q3: Can APS be treated?
A: Yes, APS can be managed with blood thinners to prevent blood clots. Pregnant women with APS may receive specialized medical care to reduce pregnancy risks.
Q4: Are there other tests used to diagnose APS?
A: Yes, other tests include the cardiolipin IgA and IgM antibody tests, as well as tests for lupus anticoagulant.
Q5: Can APS cause other complications besides blood clots?
A: Yes, APS can lead to heart problems, kidney issues, and skin conditions due to the increased risk of blood clots affecting various organs.