Faster, More Accurate Diagnoses than the ANA Test
Unfortunately, almost HALF of all patients who suffer from an autoimmune disease never receive a proper diagnosis; all of the time and money they spend seeking answers is simply thrown away. And those who are diagnosed with an autoimmune condition spend an average of 4.5 years and see 5 different doctors before receiving a diagnosis.
The main reason patients do not receive a diagnosis is because the "gold standard" ANA laboratory test used to detect autoimmune conditions does not test for most of the autoantibodies associated with autoimmune conditions! If your physician orders an ANA test, you are typically tested for a maximum of 11 autoantibodies at a cost of over $1,000. Most physicians understand they are only testing for a fraction of the autoantibodies known to be associated with autoimmune diseases, but an ANA is often the only test available to them in our one-size-fits-all healthcare system. An ANA test is comparable to buying an outdated map that only shows 1 out of 3 roads to your destination; it is of very limited use. We offer a better solution at a fraction of the cost!
Autoimmune Test Results within 14 Days for only $395!
The Comprehensive Autoimmune Panel developed by Aurora Life Sciences, LLC has revolutionized the process to diagnoses autoimmune conditions by testing for >30 autoantibodies with a simple blood test. By testing for 3x more autoantibodies than an ANA test, it is far more likely that we will detect the autoantibodies associated with your condition, leading to a faster diagnosis at a much lower cost.
The process is simple. Simply order the test kit by clicking on the PayPal button. When the test kit arrives, take it to your local health care provider and ask them to draw the blood sample. Instructions on how to properly draw the sample and prepare it for shipping are included in the kit. The kit also contains an order form, a shipping bag, and pre-paid label to return the sample to our lab. About 2 weeks after we receive the sample, your test results will be ready and we will fax them to your healthcare provider.
It is important that you receive a correct diagnosis as soon as possible. Similar to cancer, autoimmune diseases are much easier to treat and send into remission when they are caught early. Over time, autoimmune disease will continue to damage the tissues of whatever part of your body it is attacking, leaving irreversible damage. Autoimmune diseases are one of the top 10 leading causes of death for women age 65 and under and the fourth-largest cause of disability among women in the United States. About 75% of people suffering from autoimmune disorders are women and 50% of them will go undiagnosed and labeled as “chronic complainers” by their physician.
Frequently Asked Questions about Autoimmune Disease Testing
Why hasn’t my doctor already ordered this autoimmune disease test for me?
There could be many reasons, none of which are your doctor's fault. The most likely reason is that this is a relatively new test and your doctor most likely does not know it is available. Another hurdle is that none of the electronic health record software companies have connected to our laboratory, limiting your doctor’s ability to send us a lab order. We do our best to correct these issues by including our lab order form in each test kit sent to patients and providers.
Where can I get my blood drawn?
Your blood sample for autoimmune disease testing needs to be centrifuged prior to shipment. Please be sure to verify that the clinic you choose can draw, process, and pack the specimen for you. All of the packing materials and instructions for the phlebotomist are included in the test kit we send you.
- Take the specialty collection kit to your primary health care provider.
- If your primary care physician won't do it, your local hospital usually will.
- Any Lab Test Now is a national blood draw service with locations in many cities. They accept and process specialty blood test collection kits for a nominal service fee, typically $25.
- Contact your county health department; most offer phlebotomy services and can collect and prepare the sample for shipment. A nominal service fee may be charged.
- Contact any of the health care providers listed here.
How is this different from other autoimmune disease tests I’ve had?
This is the most comprehensive test available for autoimmune conditions; it provides diagnostic results on >30 autoantibodies, 3x more than the “gold standard” ANA test.
What is an autoantibody?
The immune system makes an abundance of proteins called antibodies which recognize and combat infectious organisms (germs) in the body. Sometimes these antibodies make a mistake, identifying normal, naturally-occurring proteins in our bodies as being “foreign” and dangerous. When these antibodies make incorrect calls, identifying a naturally-occurring protein (or self protein) as foreign, they are called autoantibodies. The presence of specific autoantibodies is associated with each type of autoimmune disease.
Is the test covered by my health insurance?
It is our general experience that insurance does reimburse for autoimmune testing, but our lab is not contracted with most health insurance companies. Consequently, we ask the patient to pay for the test upfront; if the patient wants to submit the test to their insurance company, we can provide the diagnosis and CPT codes you would need to be reimbursed by your insurance carrier. Please note, we does not guarantee that your insurance will reimburse you for the test. It is possible that your insurance company does not cover lab tests for autoimmune conditions, or that the health insurance plan you purchased simply does not pay for autoimmune testing.
How long does it take to get my test results?
Results are typically delivered within two from when we receive the specimen. Results will be sent to the ordering provider or to the email address you submit at checkout if you had your blood drawn at an alternate location.
Who can interpret my test results and provide a diagnosis?
Not every physician has training in the diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune conditions. Click here for a list of the health care providers who are familiar with our test results. Any of them can help you interpret the results and get you on the path to better health!
Which autoimmune diseases can the test identify?
Our simple blood test assists in the diagnosis of many types of autoimmune diseases, including: Systematic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Celiac Disease, Crohn's Disease, Colitis, Ulcerative Colitis, Raynaud's Phenomenon, Mixed Connective Tissue Disease (MCTD), Autoimmune Hepatitis (I and II), Primary Biliary Cirrhosis, Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis, Churg-Strauss syndrome, Autoimmune Gastritis, Glomerulonephritis, Goodpasture’s Syndrome, Wegener's Granulomatosis, Graves’ disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Microscopic polyangiitis, Pernicious anemia, Scleroderma, Sjögren’s syndrome, Systemic sclerosis, CREST Syndrome, Dermatomyositis, and Polymyositis.