Title: Belgian recommendations on ANA, anti-dsDNA and anti-ENA antibody testing
Authors: Van Blerk, M ×
Bossuyt, Xavier
Humbel, R
Mewis, A
Servais, G
Tomasi, J P
Van Campenhout, C
Van Hoovels, L
Vercammen, Marc
Damoiseaux, J
Coucke, W
Van De Walle, Patricia #
Issue Date: Apr-2014
Publisher: Acta clinica belgica
Series Title: Acta Clinica Belgica vol:69 issue:2 pages:83-86
Article number: 10.1179/2295333714Y.0000000010
Abstract: Autoantibodies to nuclear antigens, i.e. antinuclear antibodies (ANA), antibodies to double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) and extractable nuclear antigens (ENA), are useful as diagnostic markers for a variety of autoimmune diseases. In March 2010, the Belgian national External Quality Assessment Scheme sent a questionnaire on ANA, anti-dsDNA and anti-ENA antibody testing designed by the Dutch EASI (European Autoimmunity Standardization Initiative) team, to all clinical laboratories performing ANA testing. Virtually all laboratories completed the questionnaire (97·7%, 127/130). This paper discusses the results of this questionnaire and provides valuable information on the state-of-the-art of ANA, anti-dsDNA and anti-ENA antibody testing as practiced in the Belgian laboratories. In addition, this work presents practical recommendations developed by the members of the advisory board of the scheme as a result of the outcome of this study.
ISSN: 1784-3286
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory of Clinical Bacteriology and Mycology
Experimental Laboratory Immunology
Department of Health and Technology - UC Leuven
Facilitaire Dienst TMMA
Research Group for Neuromotor Rehabilitation
× corresponding author
# (joint) last author

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