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A 33-year-old female asked:

Can high + ana (1:640 speckled/dense) neg for all ai diseases (lupus, ra, ctd, sjgrens) be something other than cancer? 5 mnths pp with 3rd baby, weird neuro symptoms started 1 week pp, extensive w/u (blood & imaging), all normal except ana & ebv.

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Dr. Christine Hom
Pediatrics 31 years experience
ANA positive: ANA are common, sometimes 5 out of 100 individuals tested. There are far fewer people who have autoimmune diseases. That means there are many, many people who have a strong positive ANA who will never go on to have an autoimmune disease. See a rheumatologist. Your primary care doctor may also recommend a neurologist, depending on your specific symptoms.
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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 58 years experience
Not cancer: High ANA suggests that you may be at a higher risk to develop autoimmune diseases but has nothing to do with cancer. If you have weird neuro symptoms, a neurology consult is likely indicated.
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Last updated Nov 11, 2017

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