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Mild Psoriasis sufferer, chronic pain right forarm & elbow. Blood tests 80 titre ana, positive anticentromere. Psoriatic arthritis or scleroderma?

Mild Psoriasis sufferer, chronic pain right forarm & elbow. Blood tests 80 titre ana, positive anticentromere. Psoriatic arthritis or scleroderma?

Occam's Razor: Usually Systemic Sclerosis and/or limited Scleroderma is not characterized by arthritis like you describe. The typical biomarker the anti Scl-70 (anti-topoisermorase). Symptoms have to be put into context and better described than elbow and forearm pain. This one you should see a rheumatologist about. Dermatology would be useful as well. Best of luck! ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What is ANA positive means?

What is ANA  positive means?

Family practice : ANA , antinuclear antibody, testing is ordered to help detect auto immune disorders. It is a screening test and if positive prompts you to go further to detect causes. Lupus for one but there are others. ...Read more

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What does an ANA positive 1:40 nucleolar pattern mean?

What does an ANA positive 1:40 nucleolar pattern mean?

Probably nothing: Most rheumatologists consider an ANA titer of only 1:40 to really be a negative test. ...Read more

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I'm ana-positive; could I have lupus without any symptoms?

See a Rheumatologist: This really needs to be discussed with a rheumatologist who can take a complete history and do a physical exam. In addition he or she will need to do additional laboratory tests before making the diagnosis of lupus or ruling it out. ...Read more

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Ana test results question - how many people have ANA positive but don't ever get lupus?

Age and gender: Positive ANA test is commoner in older people and women. Up to 25% of the people may have positive ANA test at some time or the other. Only 0.1-0.15% of the population has systemic lupus. ...Read more

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So confused 4 xs ANA positive low titers now I am negative how is that ENA always been negative?

It varies: ANA can vary and by itself does not make a diagnosis.I would not fret about it if you do not have symptoms to diagnose you with any particular autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Saw rhumy for app.2. Sojourn ANA positive but not high.Lots of mixed symptoms. Starting plaquanil what does this mean exactly? Worst case and best

Saw rhumy for app.2. Sojourn ANA positive but not high.Lots of mixed symptoms. Starting plaquanil what does this mean exactly?  Worst case and best

See details: Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) is a basic theory for a number of the connective tissue disorders such as ra, lupus or sjogrens. It is well tolerated and has a relatively low risk of side effects. It is a good choice. ...Read more

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Ana positive 1.80 speckled, what does that mean?

Ana positive 1.80 speckled, what does that mean?

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 more

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Ana (Definition)

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


Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more