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A 23-year-old female asked:

can you have normal antibody labs but still have an autoimmune disease? symptoms say lupus/ra labs say nothing except +ana. always miserable and tired

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Dr. Randy Baker
Holistic Medicine 40 years experience
Yes but considerLyme: Specific antibodies are diagnostic of Lupus and RA but occasionally people may have those conditions without those specific antibodies. However, even people who have those often have Lyme disease as an underlying cause. Lyme can cause all of your symptoms and is easier to treat. Most doctors don't know much about Lyme so you should try to find one who does. See https://tinyurl.com/y8opon3c
Dr. Jovita Anyanwu
Internal Medicine 30 years experience
Yes: You can have seronegative Rheumatoid arthritis and also could meet the criteria for diagnosis of SLE. A Rheumatologist will be helpful

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A 28-year-old female asked:

Would centromere pattern 1:160 in ANA mean centromere antibodies? R additional tests needed 2 determine if I have n autoimmune diseases?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Rheumatology 52 years experience
Yes: It means exactly that. Centromere antibodies are associated with a form of scleroderma. Why were the tests ordered in the first place?

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