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A 34-year-old female asked:

Sed rate of 38, neg ana, hair loss, butterfly rash on face, reg fatigue and uti's , anemia, dysphagia, history miscarriage. is lupus a poss. with neg ana?

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Dr. Jesse Chuang
Nephrology and Dialysis 17 years experience
Yes: ANA is just a marker that we look for to screen for lupus. It is not perfect. Just because it is negative does not mean you do not have lupus. Also, just because it is positive does not mean you have it either.

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Last updated Sep 14, 2015

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