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Will lupus band test confirm SLE

A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Larry Greenbaum
36 years experience Rheumatology
Very tough diagnosis: Sometimes MRI of the brain or spinal fluid studies are helpful. Blood tests are seldom helpful. Neurocognitive testing can be helpful, but obviously ... Read More
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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
47 years experience Rheumatology
Clinical assessment: Clinical assessment is most important. Mri and spinal fluid examination may be of value, but of course it is critical to assure that it is related to ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Visalakshi Vallury
23 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: False positive test for ANA can occur with viral infections ( hepatitis, parvovirus) , aging, medications (prescription, OTC) etc.
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: First of all, see a rheumatologist if you have not done so already. While an ANA can often be positive in hashimoto's it is much more unusual for the ... Read More
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Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience Rheumatology
See below: These tests can be false positives in pregnancy. Your rheumatologist is going look at your other labs such as kidney function and your symptoms to ma ... Read More
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Dr. Paul Velt answered
41 years experience Diagnostic Radiology
Possibly : Those little white spots that you mention are common as we age. Without having seen them it is difficult to say but can be many different things. But ... Read More
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A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Harold Fields
60 years experience Family Medicine
Lab tests: Please ask the physician that ordered them to explain the results to you as the lab results should only be used in conjunction withe the history and p ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Miller
50 years experience Rheumatology
Special: Lupus patients ususally have a positive antinuclear antiibody and the bad cses a positive ati double stranded dna antibiody. The latter increase risk ... Read More
A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tracy Lovell
20 years experience Rheumatology
See below: Do you mean anti-mitochrondrial? Please repost because we do not use myocardial antibodies to screen for lupus.
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A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Too complicated.: These diseases are difficult to distinguish at times and often require observation and repeated testing over time. The biggest clue is the clinical s ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Clarence Lyons
19 years experience Family Medicine
Positive ANA: A positive ANA can mean many things. Lupus is just one autoimmune disorder. An ANA can come back positive and be rechecked and be negative. There a ... Read More
A 21-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Types: Discoid lupus often does not show any abnormal bloodwork.

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