ACE-Angiotensin Converting Enzyme test

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ACE-Angiotensin Converting Enzyme helps the doctor to monitor a disease called sarcoidosis. This condition causes inflammatory cells called granulomas to form inside the body, leading to organ inflammation. Organs that may be affected by sarcoidosis include: lungs, skin, eyes, lymph nodes, liver, heart and spleen.

People with sarcoidosis may experience the below-mentioned symptoms:

fatigue

fever

unexplained sudden weight loss

night sweats

loss of appetite

swollen lymph

nodes joint pain

dry mouth

nosebleeds

The level of ACE in blood is measured through this test and conditions like sarcoidosis is diagnosed. Sometimes doctors also used the same test to assess the effectiveness of treatments for other medical conditions as well. One condition that can be examined with an ACE level test is Gaucher’s disease. This is an inherited condition that causes fatty substances called lipids to build up in cells and internal organs of the body.

Symptoms for Gaucher disease include

easy bruising

fatigue

bone pain

Increased levels of the ACE enzyme can suggest, you are suffering Gaucher’s disease and can also be used to track response to medical therapy. 

Conditions causing lower-than-normal ACE levels include: 

chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), hypothyroidism, cystic fibrosis, emphysema. 

Conditions causing higher-than-normal levels of ACE include: 

cirrhosis, Gaucher’s disease, psoriasis, amyloidosis, diabetes, HIV, histoplasmosis

Before going in for the test, you are advised not to take any over the counter medication.

There is no cure discovered yet for sarcoidosis. But the disease can get better on its own over a period of time. Most of the people suffering from sarcoidosis have mild symptoms and do not require any treatment. Generally, when the treatment is required, it falls into two categories:

Following good health practices such as:

Regular intake of Medication

Going for regular check-ups

Consumption of well-balanced diet with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables

Drinking 3 to 4 liters of water a day with 250 ml glass of water at a time

Completing 6 to 8 hours of sleep each night

Regular exercising and maintaining your weight

Quit smoking

Try to avoid exposure to dust, fumes chemicals, toxic inhalants, gases and other substances that can be harmful to your lungs.

Test Method 1 : The ACE level test involves taking a small sample of blood from a vein of your arm. The blood is collected in a tube or vial attached to the end of the needle. And the collected blood sample of yours will be sent to a test lab. 

Report available: The turn around time for this test takes 7 to 14 days.

Individuals suspected with symptoms of sarcoidosis needs to get this test done as prescribed by your doctor.

A person with sarcoidosis may experience fatigue, fever, and sudden weight loss, night sweats, a loss of appetite, swollen lymph nodes, joint pain, dry mouth, nosebleeds and should get this test done.