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A 60-year-old female asked:

I had a biopsy for localized discoid lupus. it came back positive. blood work shows 1:80 ana, negative for ds-dna and negative for sm antibody. should i be concerned that i also have sle?

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Dr. Clarence Grim
Endocrinology 59 years experience
The diagnosis of SLE can be complicated. You need to discuss with your Dr who knows more about you than we do. Good Luck.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 51 years experience
All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Talk to the doctor who ordered the tests. Having said that, your results are not consistent with SLE. Avoid exposure to sun. Wish you good health!
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Last updated May 20, 2021

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