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Alternative Treatments For Positive Ana
I have had positive ANA for 5 years, getting higher and higher to 1:640. Now suddently negative without treatment. How is this possible?
Non-specific ANA: ANA can be elevated for a variety of conditions including viral or bacterial etiologies. It does not mean you have an autoimmune disorder. It is a non-specific test. Despite high titers, and now suddenly a negative result without treatment further emphasizes this fact. I would not worry. Treat the patient, not the lab result, especially if you are asymptomatic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An "ana" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that this is a screening test and a positive result only indicates more testing may be warranted. No blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood and looking at a number ...Read more
Positive ANA 1:80 speckeled, p.O.T.S syndrome, fat malabsorption, would this link to scelerderma, i cannot think of any other issue, :-( that connects?
I doubt it: In the absence of raynaud's / skin changes prior to malabsorption, i'd be surprised if this was scleroderma. ANA especially at low-titer 1:80 very likely means nothing. Other causes of malabsorption are fairly common & can be worked up. Mild orthostatic tachycardia is probably more common than we think. I appreciate your research but i'd keep looking for answers & staying optimistic. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can I expect to come next? I've a positive p-anca positive c-anca and positive ana! What does this really mean?
Could mean anything: Positive ANA is a screening test. It is often done to assess for connective tissue disease but there is a high false positive rate. The titer( ie level) of the result along with the pattern can provide more accuracy but often the lab reports only "+" or "-" which is useless. If the patient has significant symptoms compatible with a connective tissue disease, then the ANA more likely to be valid. ...Read more
Often nothing: The ANA is not very specific. It can be positive in numerous diseases including viral diseases. It can also be positive in individuals without any disease. The ANA needs to be interpreted in the clinical setting to be properly evaluated. An ANA of only 1:80 is borderline at most. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends.: The ANA is a very nonspecific test. It can be elevated in a wide variety of illnesses and in health. If you have no symptoms an ANA will not give you a disease. If it is very high titer ANA it is worth following you for development of symptoms that might lead to diagnosis or further testing. ...Read more
Autoimmune disorder: Lupus or other autoimmune disorder a possibility. Those titre numbers (1:40) are not extremely elevated so it may also be a normal variant. Also other connective tissue disorders possible: polymyositis, rheumatoid, sjogren's, etc. You probably need additional blood work and to possibly see a rheumatologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Risk for autoimmune: These findings per se mean nothing in the absence of clinical findings. They do suggest that you are at a higher risk of getting an autoimmune problem. ...Read more
Autoimmunity?: Positive ANA indicates that there are presence antibodies against components of nucleus of your own cells. Our body is not supposed to make antibodies against our cells. Something happens, which leads antibodies being produced against cells of different organs such as thyroid glands and pancreas. Leukocytosis is the state of increased white cell count indicating some inflammation. ...Read more
Probably nothing: These results are unimpressive and likely mean nothing. The results should be evaluated in the context of the clinical symptoms. Ask the doctor who ordered them if they mean anything. If unsure, see a rheumatologist. ...Read more
Test: Rheumatologic conditions are truly made by clinical evaluation, as tests often false positives. Hopefully under care of rheumatologist. They have clinical experience to know what's real and what isn't. It takes good clinical history, tests may or may not help, as tests don't make diagnosis, clinical judgement by physician does. What is problem? Lupus?. Confide in physicians clinical judgement not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Highly unlikely,,,: This is mostly due to connective tissue diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and others. Allergies aren't known to do this, even severe ones. Having said this, you might have one of these diseases as they're more common in women, so it's good to see your doctor and get tested, or if you know you have a positive ana, discuss it with your doctor and if needed, get more tests. ...Read more
Just a screening: An "ana" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that this is a screening test and a positive result only indicates more testing may be warranted. No blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood. ...Read more
See below: These test results have to be interpreted in context of your symptoms and these are frequently false positives. Seeing a rheumatologist can help you better determine this. If they are a true positive, this can be seen with an autoimmune disease known as mixed connective tissue disease. ...Read more