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i was told that i have positive ana results and that i also have protein in my urine. i was referred to see a rheumatology doctor. what does this mean?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: It could mean several things. However, the combination of a positive ANA and significant urinary protein levels means that systemic lupus is one of the diagnostic possibilities.
Answered on Jun 10, 2014
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Dr. Bruce Rothschild
47 years experience Rheumatology
Needs evaluation: Possibility of sjogren's syndrome or lupus must be considered with protein.
Answered on Aug 2, 2013
Dr. Jonathan Hausmann
12 years experience Rheumatology
Nonspecific: ANA stands for "anti-nuclear antibody." It's a blood test that detects a type of antibody in your blood. This test is almost always positive in patients with lupus. However, healthy patients can have positive ANA as well! Your doc is concerned you may have lupus. However, ANA and urine protein tests are very nonspecific, and could mean many things. A rheumatologist will provide more information.
Answered on May 27, 2016

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