I have alopecia areata (treated with local cortisone injection) which my Dermatologist said is probably due to Autoimmune Reasons. As I have had a previous Thyroid test and nothing was found wrong, he did not seem to think further testing necessary. When we did IVF/ICSI we transferred 2 blasotocysts, 1 hatching and were still not successful. Do you think further Auto immune testing would be advisable in my case? If so what testing should be done?Thursday, March 26th, 2009
Testing for Auto Immune diseases are very difficult at the best of times. The reason is that one is not certain as to what you are testing for as the spectrums of these disorders are very wide. You therefore have to have a certain condition in mind in order to request a test that will make any sense. Screening is very unreliable for the same reason. The best we can do for now, and this is purely a shot in the dark so to speak, is to do an ANF and ACA test.
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