A 33-year-old female asked:
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i have had a false positve syphills test since the age of 18 could i possibly have lupus?

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Dr. Marvin Den
44 years experience Internal Medicine
Unclear: There are several reasons for a false positive result .See your doctor who can test for them.
Answered on Mar 26, 2013
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes indeed!: Congratulations on discovering that a false-positive syphilis test can warn of lupus. However, if you have no other symptoms, you probably don't have lupus but were just unlucky. I would be concerned only if you sense that you are systemically ill -- lupus patients know before being diagnosed that something's seriously wrong. Good luck.
Answered on Dec 20, 2012
Dr. Kalyani Perumal
28 years experience Nephrology and Dialysis
Need further test: False positive RPR may suggest antibodies in the blood that is cross reacting with RPR test reagent. Common antibodies are antiphospholipid antibodies that gives false positive RPR. Lupus is diagnosed based on signs and symptoms PLUS presence of ANA antibodies in the blood. You can ask your MD to check for these antibodies by blood tests.
Answered on Jan 18, 2015
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Dr. Perumal is correct. How do you FEEL???
Jan 18, 2015

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