Oligoclonal Bands Test In Delhi

Oligoclonal Bands Test In Delhi

The oligoclonal bands test or CSF oligoclonal banding is done to check for proteins that cause disorders of the central nervous system. Doctors order a CSF oligoclonal bands test in Delhi when patients show signs of suffering from inflammatory diseases that affect the nervous system. These diseases can be any inflammatory conditions that affect the nervous system.

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Why is the Oligoclonal Bands Test done?

Immunoglobulins or antibodies are basically glycoproteins that are produced by the white blood cells. They are found in the blood when pathogens cause infections and the antibodies are there to counter the effects. The cerebrospinal fluid or CSF is a fluid present in the spaces of the brain and the spinal cord. The CSF provides protection to the brain.

Any signs of inflammation of the brain or the central nervous system can be detected while observing the following symptoms:

  • Tremor
  • Loss of vision
  • Weakness
  • Loss of feeling in the limb(s)
  • Feeling tingly when moving the neck
  • Blurry vision
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

People who are suffering or are at risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) are also suggested to opt for the oligoclonal bands test.

What does the Oligoclonal Bands Test measure?

The test for oligoclonal bands is used to measure the presence of this protein in either the serum or the cerebrospinal fluid sample taken. The test is done by electrophoresis that separates the proteins according to their size. Once this is done, the proteins are then tagged with antibodies and stained to get the peaks and valleys that help doctors understand what ailment is affecting the person.

The bands from cerebrospinal fluid are counted and then tested against the bands seen in the blood. If there are bands present in the cerebrospinal fluid but not in the blood serum, it does indicate disorders of the central nervous system.

The oligoclonal banding is requested to monitor certain diseases, such as:

  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • HIV infections that affect the nervous system
  • Stroke
  • Lyme disease
  • Meningitis
  • Neurosyphilis
Potential risks/side effects associated with the Oligoclonal Bands Test

The cerebrospinal fluid sample collection is done via a lumbar puncture. Sometimes either cerebrospinal fluid or blood samples are collected and sometimes both are required. While there is little to no pain associated with blood drawing, lumbar puncture does cause some pain and discomfort to the patient.

There are no potential risks or side effects associated with either of these tests, especially when done by experienced technicians. Some people might feel disoriented and feel excessive pain, but the pain goes away after some time.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

FAQs

Can vaccinations affect the results?

Recent cases of immunizations can cause the presence of immunoglobulins to be seen in the blood sample. This is why people who have been vaccinated for less than 6 months are advised to inform their doctors of the same.

What is multiple sclerosis?

Multiple sclerosis is a nerve damaging disorder. Believed to be an autoimmune disorder, the symptoms of multiple sclerosis varies from person to person.

 

 

Why are both CSF and blood collected?

Often the oligoclonal bands are seen in just one sample and that helps narrow down the exact cause of the symptoms observed in the patient.

 

 

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Interpreting the Oligoclonal Bands Test results
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Interpreting the Oligoclonal Bands Test results

The number of bands is counted when the dyed proteins form the peaks. Ideally, there should be no to maybe 2 bands present in the cerebrospinal test results. More than this is counted as abnormal, especially if no oligoclonal bands are seen in the blood sample and further tests are often prescribed to further narrow down the prognosis.

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