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what does a weakly reactive vdrl test mean

A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
32 years experience in Pathology
No Syphilis: The vdrl (venereal disease research laboratory) test is a test which screens for the presence of an infection with the organism that causes syphilis ( ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Celestin
19 years experience in Family Medicine
Imm (une memory last: Your immune system may always have a small positive antibody response to the former presence of the syphilis, and the very weak reaction (via RPR) ind ... Read More
A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Addagada Rao
55 years experience in General Surgery
Not always: VDRL is still time honored inexpensive test for mass screening of syphilis , some times will give false positive results , then need as in yours , m ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
32 years experience in Pathology
No Syphilis: The vdrl (venereal disease research laboratory) test is a test which screens for the presence of an infection with the organism that causes syphilis ( ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
32 years experience in Pathology
See your doctor: A reactive RPR may mean that you have an infection with the organism that causes syphilis (t. Pallidum). You may need to have additional testing to c ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Valentin Drezaliu
19 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Depends: It means that another test is needed to confirm the disease. It is a possibility that it is syphilis but another confirmatory test is needed. Sometime ... Read More
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience in Pediatrics
No syphilis: Individual who tests negative on RPR syphilis screening does not have syphilis or has not had one in recent years.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Myrtle Oates
38 years experience in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Only a screening tst: Hi Jessica, A weakly reactive syphilis test or RPR test is a screening test. Syphilis and other things can cause this test to be positive. The defi ... Read More
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A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Carlo Hatem
24 years experience in Pulmonary Critical Care
Chest X ray: It is possible to have active TB with very little symptoms especially early on. However, it is more than likely that you carry the germ for TB in a do ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Antibodies vs nuclei: The titer (how much antibody power is present) is important -- 1:40 seldom means much, 1:320 would worry most folks -- as does the pattern, but like a ... Read More
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
47 years experience in Rheumatology
Only a test and: Only a test and that result suggests that it is not the standard assay. If there are general body symptoms, then a rheumatologist would be helpful.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Could you please: Spell out ifa? All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to d ... Read More
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A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Carlos Kier
50 years experience in Rheumatology
Not necessarily: In addition to sle a positive ana(antinuclear antibody) can be seen in a number of medical conditions, secondary to certain medications, and in otherw ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jose Prieto-hernandez
35 years experience in Infectious Disease
+ Gamma Assay: Means you where exposed to Tuberculosis and so may require prophylactic therapy. The gamma assay is more sensitive and specific for Tuberculosis than ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mohammed Parvez
13 years experience in Internal Medicine
SLE: Anti-PCNA antibodies are positive in patients who have SLE.
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience in Psychiatry
Hbsag: Hepatitis B surface antigen
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Guillermo Martinez-torres
32 years experience in Pathology
Indeterminate: Most likely what you mean is that the Western Blot result is "indeterminate". That means that the test is neither negative or positive. This type of ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience in Cardiology
Cardiolipin: Read the following: you'll need to ask your dr. Why it was ordered and what the drs. Interpretation is: http://labtestsonline.Org/understanding/ana ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Time frame: Igm positivity for herpes antibodies indicates recent infection, whereas igg antibodies represent prior exposure to the virus, though the infection ma ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Virus in the body: If the antibody for HSV (1 or 2) is positive, it means the person was infected with the virus and the virus is in the persons nerves forever, even if ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Depends on the test: What specific test do you mean? There are numerous tests for specific autoimmune diseases.

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