ACE : labtest

Why Get Tested?
To help diagnose and monitor sarcoidosis; to help differentiate this systemic condition from other disorders causing similar symptoms

When to Get Tested?
When you have granulomas that create small bumps under the skin, a lingering cough, red watery eyes, and/or other symptoms suggestive of sarcoidosis; regularly when you have active sarcoidosis to monitor its course

Sample Required?
A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm

How is it used?
ACE is primarily ordered to help diagnose and monitor sarcoidosis. It is often ordered as part of an investigation into the cause of a group of troubling chronic symptoms that may or may not be due to sarcoidosis. ACE will be elevated in 50% to 80% of patients with active sarcoidosis. Concentrations of ACE tend to rise and fall with disease activity. If it is initially elevated in someone with sarcoidosis, ACE can be ordered at regular intervals to monitor the course of the disease and the effectiveness of corticosteroid treatment.

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