A 28-year-old female asked:
28f, no myasthenia abs except 14% achr modulating (ref <20% loss). is a 14% loss meaningless? all other tests neg. (also have seronegative ht, ana+)
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Neurology 34 years experience
Please repost: Do you have myasthenia gravis? If so, how long? How severe? How diagnosed? With what treated? Principal symptoms? Also please include your doctor's answer to your question, or if you haven't asked your doctor, why not.
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A 21-year-old member asked:
What is the ANA test?
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Pediatric Cardiology 31 years experience
Autoimmune screen: A blood test. A positive ANA test indicates that your immune system has launched a misdirected attack on your own tissue — in other words, an autoimmune reaction. This may indicate lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or scleroderma. Some people have positive ANA tests even when they're healthy, so further confirmatory tests are needed.
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A 41-year-old member asked:
I'm ana-positive; could I have lupus without any symptoms?
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Rheumatology 35 years experience
See a Rheumatologist: This really needs to be discussed with a rheumatologist who can take a complete history and do a physical exam. In addition he or she will need to do additional laboratory tests before making the diagnosis of lupus or ruling it out.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Is it a good idea to have a ANA test nowadays?
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Internal Medicine 18 years experience
If symptoms: The ANA is very helpful to screen for lupus and other autoimmune diseases but is not helpful for people without concerning symptoms. Ask your doctor if you should be tested. The gold standard type of test is called immunofluorescence (not ELISA or "direct").
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Can you tell me what makes an ANA test score high?
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Rheumatology 33 years experience
See below: The ANA can be negative or the values could potentially be in the thousands. However the value is always not the most important point. Possibly more important is the patient's complaints, a good physical exam, and other labarotory tests. Putting all these things together will mean more then simply an ANA value. Alow value of 1:80 and diffuse joint swelling means more the 1:160 and no symptoms.
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A 29-year-old member asked:
What are the appropriate results of an ANA test?
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Pathology 49 years experience
Negative: The normal result for ANA test should be negative. However, low level positive results are common among older people without any disease. Any lab result needs to be evaluated in the total clinical context, a positive ANA test, by itself, is not diagnostic of any disease. ANA test is positive in lupus and other auto-immune diseases.
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Last updated Oct 11, 2017
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