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What is the ANA test? 

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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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


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What does an ANA test look for?

What does an ANA test look for?

ANA: Tests for antinuclear antibodies, which are autoimmune antibodies and can be found in numerous autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, etc. ...Read more

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My ANA test was positive, should I be worried?

My ANA test was positive, should I be worried?

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

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What are the appropriate results of an ANA test?

Negative: The normal result for ANA test should be negative. However, low level positive results are common among older people without any disease. Any lab result needs to be evaluated in the total clinical context, a positive ANA test, by itself, is not diagnostic of any disease. ANA test is positive in lupus and other auto-immune diseases. ...Read more

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Ana test results 1:320 mean? Speckled homogeneous

Ana test results 1:320 mean? Speckled homogeneous

Not necessarily: The ANA is a screening test for lupus but is not specific. It can be positive in numerous other diseases and in normal people. It has to be evaluated in the context of the clinical picture and the results of other autoantibody tests. ...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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What does a very high control in ANA test (124) represent?

May: Suggest autoimmune disease. However more detailed laboratory results and history of symptoms is needed to make accurate diagnosis. A Rheumatologist will help ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean when i tested positive on an ANA test?

Need more info: This is impossible to answer as the ANA is nonspecific and can be positive in numerous diseases and even normal persons. Why was the test done in the first place? ...Read more

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My ANA test came back 'borderline positive', what does this mean? 

Nothing vs. smth: First off, not sure why it was done. You must understand that in medicine it is not right to chase a positive test only. There may be symptoms also suggestive of a disease. Inflammatory markers are an important sign that, if absent, render the ANA test less valuable. If borderline + and symptoms are present, it may be warranted to have it repeated in a 2-3 months. ...Read more

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My ANA test came back 1:320 . It was not that elevated last time. It has kept rising. Should i be worried?

See a rheumatologist: This is a positive test. The absolute titer does not relate to disease severity. See a rheumatologist to find out if the ANA has any clinical significance in your specific case. ...Read more