Complement Test for Lupus
A complement test uses a blood sample to detect a group of proteins that help the body attack foreign substances.
When there are a lot of foreign substances in the body, such as bacteria or viruses, a low level of complement means the body is trying to get rid of the foreign substances. If the body is attacking its own tissues instead of foreign substances (as in Reference autoimmune diseases Opens New Window such as Reference lupus Opens New Window), a low level of complement may mean that the body is attacking and damaging tissues such as the kidneys.
The complement test can be repeated at regular intervals. This helps monitor the progress of the disease.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 10, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology