Complement is a blood test that measures the activity of certain proteins in the fluid section of your blood. The complement system is a group of virtually 60 proteins that remain in blood plasma or on the surface of some cells. The proteins deal with your body immune system and contribute to protect the body from infections, and to remove dead cells and foreign material. Hardly ever, people might acquire shortage of some complement proteins. These people are prone to autoimmune disorders or particular infections. This article describes the test that determines total complement activity.
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