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Ana screen, ifa positive a (negative) means?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Nothing by itself: One person in four tests positive. The vast majority of these people have no problems. The clinical picture is key, and how high the titer is may be helpful.

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What does a positive ANA screen ifa and dual ANA pattern mean?

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Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
Rheumatology 52 years experience
ANA : ANA test is a screening test to diagnose auto immune diseases especially lupus. ANA stands for anti nuclear anti bodies directed against nuclear components called antigens. Ifa stands for immuno fluorescent assay .There patterns that develop based on which anti body is directed against which antigen and such patterns are called homogenous , nucleolar etc signifying different disease patterns.

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