The challenge of diagnosing autoimmune diseases

The clinical pictures in individuals with autoimmune diseases vary widely. Combined with an overall poor knowledge and awareness of this category of illnesses, this raises the need for better diagnostic support. Blood tests can meet that need.

Autoimmune diseases remain among the most poorly understood and poorly recognized of any category of illnesses. Individually, autoimmune diseases are not very common, with the exception of thyroid disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and celiac disease. However, taken as a whole, they represent the fourth-largest cause of disability in Europe and the United States.

Symptoms vary widely, notably from one illness to another, but even within the same disease. And because the diseases affect multiple body systems, their symptoms can be misleading, which hinders accurate diagnosis.

To help people live longer, healthier lives, a better understanding of these diseases is needed, as well as providing early diagnosis and treatment. Reliable diagnostic tools as e.g. an EliA blood test supports an early and exact diagnosis.


As in all diagnostic testing, the diagnosis is made by the physican based on both test results and the patient history.