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Ana (Overview)

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 on the results report.


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Can you tell me what can ANA positive & rnp 1.1 mean?

Can you tell me what can ANA positive & rnp 1.1 mean?

Probably nothiung: If it is just the ANA screen that is positive, it means nothing. An rnp of that level definitely means nothing. Why wre the tests ordered in the first place? ...Read more

Ana (Overview)

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 on the results report.


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What do you suggest if I have been told i tested with a positive ANA homogenous pattern and have a titer of 1:160. What exactly does?

What do you suggest if I have been told i tested with a positive ANA homogenous pattern and have a titer of 1:160. What exactly does?

Nothing: This blood test has no value by itself. It is positive in many people with no related disease. It can also be present in lupus and other autoimmune diseases, many infections, cancer, inflammatory vowel disease, and many relatives of people with autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Living with Lupus (Tip)

Living with Lupus

Ask you doctor what your ANA is and what your lupus-specific blood tests are. Knowledge is power. ...See more

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What is the ANA test? 

Autoimmune screen: A blood test. A positive ANA test indicates that your immune system has launched a misdirected attack on your own tissue — in other words, an autoimmune reaction. This may indicate lupus, rheumatoid arthritis or scleroderma. Some people have positive ANA tests even when they're healthy, so further confirmatory tests are needed. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: ana?

What is the definition or description of: ana?

Antinuclear Antibody: 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 on the results report. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what makes an ANA test score high?

See below: The ANA can be negative or the values could potentially be in the thousands. However the value is always not the most important point. Possibly more important is the patient's complaints, a good physical exam, and other labarotory tests. Putting all these things together will mean more then simply an ANA value. Alow value of 1:80 and diffuse joint swelling means more the 1:160 and no symptoms. ...Read more

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I am 8 weeks pregnant , I have hashimotos, and experiencing major joint pain. I have lab work + ANA w/ + double stranded DNA .What am i looking at ?

See below: You need to see a rheumatologist to rule out lupus as these labs can be false positives on occasion. However if the labs are truly positive, then a rheumatologist will be working closely with your OB as sometimes lupus can get worse in pregnancy if you have it. ...Read more

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Is it possible for a lab to mess ur blood test wrong I had positive 666.5 ANA but doc said lab measured wrong but ENA was positive what is ENA for?

Is it possible for a lab to mess ur blood test wrong I had positive 666.5 ANA but doc said lab measured wrong  but ENA was positive what is ENA for?

Possible: Clerical errors that lead to mixing of patient samples, although uncommon, are still the leading cause of errors in modern labs. If there is any doubt, have it repeated. Make sure the tubes are labeled in your presence and signed by the phlebotomist. ...Read more

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Is it safe for a pregnant women in the first trimester to take Aspirin along with prednisolon due to positive ANA?

Is it safe for a pregnant women in the first trimester to take Aspirin along with prednisolon due to positive ANA?

Relatively.: You are being treated to avoid the higher rate of miscarriages in women with autoimmune disorders. I do not know whether your anticardiolipin or antiphospholipid antibodies are positive or not. These meds. may protect the placenta and prevent a miscarriage. There are complications like diabetes, incr. BP, though. http://www.bloodjournal.org/content/bloodjournal/117/25/6948.full.pdf?sso-checked=1 ...Read more

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