From ANA-screening to antigen-specificity: an EASI-survey on the daily practice in European countries703

Last updated on 22-8-2019 by Anonymous (not verified)

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OBJECTIVES: One of the main goals of the European Autoimmunity Standardisation Initiative (EASI) is the harmonisation of test-algorithms for autoantibodies related to systemic autoimmune rheumatic diseases (SARD). METHODS: A questionnaire was used to gather information on methodology, interpretation, and the algorithm for detection of anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) in relation to their antigen-specificity. The questionnaire was sent to 1200 laboratories in 12 European countries. RESULTS: The response rate was 47.2%. The results reveal not only apparent differences between countries, but also…

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