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my ana test was positive, should i be worried?

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Dr. David Greenfield
40 years experience Rheumatology
Could mean anything: Positive ANA is a screening test. It is often done to assess for connective tissue disease but there is a high false positive rate. The titer( ie level) of the result along with the pattern can provide more accuracy but often the lab reports only "+" or "-" which is useless. If the patient has significant symptoms compatible with a connective tissue disease, then the ANA more likely to be valid.
Answered on Sep 12, 2017
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