- Adrenal gland:
- Human organ located next to the kidney that produces various hormones including cortico-steroids.
- Anti-Nuclear Antibody test. One of important to test the lupus-related immune system.
- Generally any foreign substance that does not belong to one's own body.
- Chemical produced by the body to recognize and bind to the antigens.
- Pain (-algia) in joints
- Auto-immune disorder:
- A disease or condition that causes your immune system to respond as if parts of your body
are a foreign substance (auto-immune). Your body directs antibodies and white cells against itself, causing
inflammation and injury to certain tissues and organs.
- C3 C4 complement:
- substance found in normal blood serum that destroys pathogenic bacteria and materials.
- female sex hormone, important in menstural cycles, lactation and conception.
- a drug used for the treatment of high-blood pressure
- A method used to do ANAtest. Various cells participating in the immune system such as
antibodies are tagged with special agents that can be seen under the special fluorescent light.
- white blood count below 4,000 cells per cubic millimeter
- less than 1,500 lymphocytes (one of constituent cell of blood that is important in various immune
response) per cubic millimeter
- Non-erosive arthritis:
- involving two or more peripheral joints (arthritis in which the bones around the joints do
not become destroyed)
- Inflammation of the pericardiac sac (a sac containing heart)
- Sensitivity toward light
- Pain in the chest on deep breathing
- Inflammation of the pleura (a sac surrounding lungs)
- a drug used for the treatment of arrhythmia (irregular heart beat)
- Raynaud's phenomena:
- fingers turning white and/or blue in the cold. Reduction in blood
flow to extremeties, that turns them cold, white or even blue. The phenomena can also occur at the tip of nose.
- Dark pigmentation of the skin. Not all the black spots are sclerodema.
- Sjogren's syndrome:
- syndrome characterized by dry eyes (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) and dry mouth (xerostomia)
resulting from immunologically medicated destruction of the lacrimal (tear producing) and salivary
(saliva producing) glands.
- less than 100,000 platelets (one of constituent cell of blood that is important in blood
clotting) per cubic millimeter
- Dilution method which counts the number of the dilution to get blood free of antibodies of interest.
High titer dilution points to high level of antibody in blood.
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