Guidelines for immunologic laboratory testing in the rheumatic diseases: anti-Sm and anti-RNP antibody tests.

Guidelines for immunologic laboratory testing in the rheumatic diseases: anti-Sm and anti-RNP antibody tests.

Guidelines for immunologic laboratory testing in the rheumatic diseases: anti-Sm and anti-RNP antibody tests.

Introduction

This paper is part of a series on immunologic testing guidelines. The series introduction (1) outlines the full
methodology for obtaining data, grading the literature,combining the information from multiple sources, and
developing recommendations. Briefly, MEDLINE and Healthstar were searched using a variety of search terms,
and all relevant available literature was reviewed. All papers were critically reviewed using published standards for studies of diagnostic tests. Test use was categorized as primarily diagnostic or prognostic (which also included monitoring).

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