Rheumatoid Factor: RF is an auto-antibody that causes inflammation and joint damage.
Anti-streptolysin O: ASO is the main antibody produced by the body in response to a group A beta-hemolytic streptococcal infection (strep A). This bacteria is responsible for many throat infections and usually responds well to antibiotic treatment.
Antinuclear Antibodies (ANA) The immune system is responsible for defending us against attacks from foreign cells and organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, etc. The production of antibodies against the body’s own tissues is the cause of a large number of auto-immune diseases that manifest as inflammation, muscle and joint pain, and fatigue.
C-Reactive Protein [C reactive protein is a protein manufactured by the liver and released into the blood within hours of the onset of an inflammatory response]
Serum Calcium levels are controlled by a number of factors, including diet, Vitamin D, and parathyroid gland and kidney function. Calcium levels are routinely measured to assess kidney problems, bone conditions, and parathyroid gland function.
Uric acid is formed by the breakdown of proteins, and it passes into your urine. Uric acid levels in the blood are tested mainly to diagnose gout.
Phosphorus (PO4) PO4 is a mineral the body needs to build strong bones and teeth. It is also important for nerve signaling and muscle contraction.
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP) is an enzyme (protein) produced by several body tissues, including the bones, liver (bile ducts), intestine and placenta.
Complement 4 (C4) This test measures the amount of C4 proteins in your blood. These proteins are part of your complement system, an important part of your immune system that helps kill disease-causing bacteria and viruses.
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