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A 21-year-old female asked:

I am a 21-year-old female who tested positive ana but don't have an autoimmune disease; does my weight loss, bruising and night sweats mean leukemia?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Stephen Southard
Internal Medicine 16 years experience
Complicated: As a (+) ANA can be very nonspecific. Depending on how high your titer is, as up to 15% of the healthy population may have low positive 1:40 titers of ANA's. Also there are many other causes beyond leukemia that can cause your reported symptoms. This would require a more indepth analysis to be able to better guide you. Consider a formal HealthTap consultation otherwise follow up with your docs
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Get seen: Maybe one woman in 4 has a positive ANA but seems fine. I'd stop worrying about the ANA. I doubt you have leukemia but you need a complete history and physical exam and basic labs (CBC, chem profile, urinalysis) by a competent physician. Night sweats are serious.
Last updated Feb 8, 2017

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