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Ana Positive Means
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
Many people say positive ANA means nothing as many people without lupus can have that. Why is it done to screen for lupus then- if it means nothing?
Titer: If ANA is detected only in serum diluted to about 40 fold, it does not mean a whole lot. However, if it still present after the serum has been diluted 160 fold, it does mean auto-immune response. In other words, the strength of ANA matters. Visit this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/ana-test/basics/definition/PRC-20014566 ...Read more
Positive ana positive rnp low positive ccp positive dsdna can you tell me if this means lupus or mctd?
?: depends on the clinical picture as well, results point towards auto immune disorder, but need to be put in clinical context and follow up to commit to a diagnosis ...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
I know you get this a lot, but i had ANA positive 1:80 speckled. I kind or know that these can be a false positive.What dose the flag a & range n mean?
ANA titer matters.: ANA, or anti-nuclear antibody, is a a sensitive and specific test for systemic lupus erythematosus ONLY at high titer >1:320. Up to one in ten HEALTHY women can have a positive low-titer ANA, 1:40 or 1:80, which does NOT indicate lupus. Only a high-titer ANA can be used to diagnose lupus. To measure clinical activity in lupus, a different antibody called anti-double stranded DNA is measured. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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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