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Acetylcholine Receptor (ACHR) Antibody, Serum

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Synonyms/Also Known as

Muscle nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor (AChR) Binding Antibody, AChR Antibody, Myasthenia Gravis Antibodies

Related tests

Anti-MuSK Antibody, Striated Muscle Antibody, Rheumatoid Factor, Thyroid profile, Thyroid Antibodies, ANA, Autoantibodies

Why get tested?

To dDiagnose myasthenia gravis and to differentiate it from other conditions presenting with similar symptoms.

When to get tested?

When there are symptoms of myasthenia gravis.

Sample required

Blood

About The Test

How is it used
AChR antibodies block the acetylcholine action. acetylcholine is a neurotransmitter that transmits messages between nerve cells The AChR antibodies function by blocking, binding and modulating. There are three different types of tests available to determine which of these may be the problem. One or more of the AChR antibody tests may be done along with a striated muscle antibody test to establish a diagnosis. an anti-muscle-specific kinase antibody test may also be done depending on the results. MG patients often have an enlarged thymus gland or thymomas. The thymus gland is located under the breastbone and is an active part of the immune system.

FAQ’s

1) Is acetylcholine receptor (AChR) antibody test a routine test?

NO.

2) Can myasthenia gravis affect the heart?

No.

3) How to prevent MG?

No, the condition is not preventable as the cause is not known.

4) Can MG be transmitted from person to person?

NO, but a pregnant woman with MG can transfer her AChR antibodies to the fetus which this can cause MG symptoms in a newborn.

5) Can MG be inherited?

Autoimmune MG ca ot be inherited but some people may inherit a genetic defect that causes the congenital myasthenic syndrome.