Liver/kidney microsomal antibodies - serum

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Item Process
Specimen

5 mL blood in plain tube.

Method

IF.

Reference Interval

Consult laboratory.

Application

Assessment of chronic hepatitis.

Interpretation

A positive result is present in a sub-group of autoimmune hepatitis associated with a poorer prognosis than the commoner form of autoimmune hepatitis, with positive smooth muscle antibodies.

A positive result may also be seen in hepatitis C infection.

Reference

Manns Manns MP. In: Schiff E at al. Schiff’s Diseases of the liver. 8th Ed Vol 2. Lippincott-Raven 1999.