Yes, it is advisable to completely fill the tube as this gives an exact amount of blood required for the test. If you do not fill the tube, then it is possible that any positive results will be weaker than they should be because of a greater dilution of the blood sample.
In the unusual circumstances when there is insufficient blood to fill the capillary tube, and both of the lancets provided have been used, then it may be necessary to telephone CNS for a replacement tube and lancets. It is important to make sure that your hands are warm and that you have massaged your sample finger thoroughly before using the lancet. Wipe your finger/thumb with the antiseptic wipe and allow the finger to dry. Hold the lancet firmly against the finger before pricking with lancet. This allows a good droplet of blood to form on the finger before touching the capillary tube against the droplet to collect the blood. Take care that the other end of the tube is not covered. It is advisable to open the test tray once you have obtained your blood sample. It may be easier to obtain the blood sample with the help of a friend.
No, samples can be collected at any time of the day.
Immunosuppressants which are generally given following an organ transplant will reduce the immune system’s ability to generate antibodies. High doses of steroids will also affect antibody production. If you are in any doubt, please consult your GP.
IgG stands for Immunoglobulin (type G). Immunoglobulins are a class of proteins that function as antibodies produced by the immune system in response to foreign bodies entering the body. There are several different types of immunoglobulins with IgA, IgE, IgG, IgM being the most well known.
An antibody is a specialised protein produced by the body’s immune system when foreign bodies (such as viruses, bacteria and toxins) enter the body. They are produced by special white blood cells called B-Lymphocytes as a defence against these foreign substances. IgE antibodies are a type of antibody mostly found in the skin, nose, lining of airways and lungs, and are usually produced in classical allergies. IgG antibodies are the type of antibodies that CNS tests. It has been shown by various studies, that if foods producing high IgG levels are eliminated from the diet, the symptoms of can be reduced.
Generally, foods are broken down during digestion into their component parts e.g. amino acids, glycerides etc. These pass harmlessly through the gut into the bloodstream. However, occasionally small fragments of partially digested or undigested foods are able to pass through the gut wall into the bloodstream where they are recognized by the immune system as being ‘foreign’. The immune system responds by making antibodies (IgGs).
When a food causes the body to produce high levels of IgG then these antibodies combine with the protein in the food to form an ‘antigen-antibody complex’. These complexes are usually eliminated by other cells in the immune system. However, if the immune system is overloaded, these insoluble moleculesbecome deposited in tissues within the body, causing chronic inflammation and the subsequent production of symptoms.
Yes, some people do have high IgG levels to certain foods but do not have any symptoms at all. This is possibly due to their immune system being extremely efficient at clearing away the antigen-antibody complexes before they have chance to be deposited in the tissues and cause a problem.
In some patients, inflammation or irritation of the intestinal lining allows partially digested foods to leak through gaps between cells in the intestinal wall into the bloodstream. This condition is called ‘leaky gut syndrome’ and patients with this condition typically have high levels of antibodies to multiple foods. The symptoms of Leaky Gut Syndrome are many and varied and include: abdominal pain, heartburn, insomnia, bloating, anxiety, gluten intolerance, malnutrition, muscle cramps and pains, poor exercise tolerance, food allergies.
Yes. It is recommended that you consult a nutritionist who will provide dietary and supplementary advice to address a leaky gut.