Anergy screen or panel

Alternative names
Skin test anergy

Definition

In a skin test anergy, a common antigen such as Mumps, candida, or trichophytin is injected just under the skin. The purpose is to determine if a patient’s immune system is reacting properly to antigens in general.

An anergy test is usually just a control for some other skin test that is being performed. Because the anergy test can show whether your immune system is functioning properly or not, it can indicate whether the results of the other skin test are reliable.

see Skin test anergy.

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Last revised: December 2, 2012
by Arthur A. Poghosian, M.D.

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