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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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Ana (Tip)

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? 

What is the ANA test? 

Autoimmune disease: ANA (anti-nuclear antibody) is a blood test used by doctors that indicates the presence of an autoimmune condition in which the body's immune system is predisposed to recognize normal things in your body as foreign invaders that need to be attacked. The results are not specific for any particular disease if positive, but are a preliminary test, after which a range of possibilities are considered. ...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?

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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Is it dangerous to have a ANA of 1:640 and elevated sed. Rheumatoligist does not know why.?

+ ANA not= SLE: A + ANA does not equal lupus. It is a blood test that needs to be interpreted in relationship to the clinical setting, other laboratory, imaging, etc. You can see a positive ANA due to connective tissue diseases, allergies, thyroid disease, allergic episodes, etc. We see patients all the time who have a positive ANA every day and no other separate definable medical diagnosis. It is not dangerous. ...Read more

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Messed up question do I have scleroderna last year tested ANA positive 1:40 and 1:160 nucleolar pattern but negative subtests including sl70 have no real symptoms no skin issues have red veins on arm when cold and episcleritis one time but not definite d

Messed up question  do I have scleroderna last year tested ANA positive 1:40 and 1:160 nucleolar pattern but negative subtests including sl70 have no real symptoms no skin issues have red veins on arm when cold and episcleritis one time but not definite d

Maybe limited form.: Diffuse scleroderma would likely be rapidly progressive, with symmetric skin thickening of extremities, skin and trunk. Visceral involvement is also more likely sooner, like renal and cardiac involvement. Also things like ESR would be elevated. Apparently positive ANA anticentromere pattern would be associated with the limited cutaneous or crest form of scleroderma. See your dr. For more tests. ...Read more

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What is the difference between pro ANA and anorexia?

What is the difference between pro ANA and anorexia?

Pro-ana: Pro-ana refers to promotion of the eating disorder anorexia nervosa, sometimes personified by anorexics as a girl named ana. In bulimia nervosa, the term is pro-mia. ...Read more

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Hashimotos. Ana + anti-ssa/ro. Stiff, painful, swollen joints + raynauds. Doc says it's "lupoid arthritis". Is this lupus? He gave me plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200mg

Hashimotos. Ana + anti-ssa/ro. Stiff, painful, swollen joints + raynauds. Doc says it's "lupoid arthritis". Is this lupus? He gave me plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 200mg

Sounds consistent: The joint complaints and positive lab markers are consistent with lupus. The fact that raynaud's is present and you have an autoimmune thyroid condition help cinch the diagnosis of an autoimmune arthritis. In addition to standard treatments like Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) there are other interventions like diet and supplements to help decrease the dose of rx meds. A practitioner of integrative medicine can help. ...Read more

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I have lots of joint paint can't sleep at night and have to red patches on back that itch a lot and hurt, also have a positive ana.

See a rheumatologist: It is impossible to say if the joint pain and rash is related to the positive ANA or if the rash and joint pain are from a different cause such as psoriasis. See a rheumatologist if you have not done so already. ...Read more

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What does this mean? Ana positive 1:80 and bordering rnp?

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

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What does t means a positive ANA test and ifa?

What does t means a positive ANA test and ifa?

Only a test and: Only a test and that result suggests that it is not the standard assay. If there are general body symptoms, then a rheumatologist would be helpful. ...Read more

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I had a high ANA result with speckiling and homogenous pattern, but normal ESR (6). Is it imminent that this is an autommune disorder?

I had a high ANA result with speckiling and homogenous pattern, but normal ESR (6). Is it imminent that this is an autommune disorder?

See below: No, not necessarily. 20to 30% of patients can have a false positive ANA where there is no autoimmune. Without knowing what context this was drawn in---i.E your symtpoms, history, and other labs, it is difficult to give a complete answer, except to say to see a rheumatologist in order to have this reviewed. ...Read more

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Wbc 3.7, rbc4.03, hgb 9.2, hct 29.0, MCV 72.1, mch22.8, mchc31.0, rdw18.7calcium&anion low, ANA -poswhat is wrong here?More than anemia ?Hem

Rheumatology?: Low wbc, microcytic anemia, and ANA positivity make rheumatological condition like systemic lupus erythematosus a possibility. Iron deficiency anemia with viral neutropenia is also possible. Evaluation by a hematologist and / or rheumatologist is warranted. ...Read more

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What's a normal ANA reading?

Depends on the lab. : There are different methods of measuring the ANA. Often it may be read as a titer. A result less than 1:40 is negative. Often an ANA of 1:40, 1:80 and even up to 1:160 may be falsely positive. ...Read more

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