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My ANA test came back positive, 1:640 titre mixed pattern homogenous and speckled. What does this mean? I have had MS for 3 years.

My ANA test came back positive, 1:640 titre mixed pattern homogenous and speckled. What does this mean? I have had MS for 3 years.

See rheumatologist?: This suggests that you may have an autoimmune disorder which however cannot be diagnosed by this test alone. This also has nothing to do with MS even though it is also considered an autoimmune disorder. If you have no symptoms suggestive of other autoimmune disorders, the approach may just be further observation. If you have joint , pulmonary , or cardiac symptoms, see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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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My antinuclear antibodies (ana) test came back positive--what could this mean?

My antinuclear antibodies (ana) test came back positive--what could this mean?

Depends on titer: A high titer result suggests an auto-immune disorder, but, there are many false positives. Any lab result needs to be interpreted in the context of clinical and other lab findings. Consult your doctor. ...Read more

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Been having joint and muscle pain for over 2 years. Ana test came back positive, titer 1.8, pattern was positive. Lupus?

Been having joint and muscle pain for over 2 years.  Ana test came back positive, titer 1.8, pattern was positive. Lupus?

Could be: Lab work and your symptoms suggest an inflammatory disorder, however, without the expertise of a rheumatologist, a definitive diagnosis can't be made. You may need other blood work, x-rays and absolutely need a thorough physical exam. ...Read more

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My ANA test came back positive (speckled) the titter was 320. What does this mean? I have rash, fatigue, joint pain, fever. What dr should I see next?

Rheumatologsit: Your symptoms are non-specific but are certainly suggestive of lupus (sle). While many people with a positive ANA turn out not to have lupus, your clearly need to be evaluated by a rheumatologist. Ask your pcp for a referral or obtain a list of local rheumatologsits from the american college of rheumatology at rheumatology, org. ...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 (antinuclear antibody) test came back positive, how worried should I be? Do normal people have this?

Many False +: ANA is a screening test for autoimmune disease. False + are common. False negatives are rare. Yes, normal ppl do have this appear + sometimes. The lab should also indicate how positive the test was: mildly or strongly. Follow up tests to the ANA (such as dsdna and complement among many others) can determine if this was a true positive or false positive. ...Read more

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My Ana hep-2 test came back positive, my platelets are averaging at 52 after transfusion only went up to 66 what could be going on?

My Ana hep-2 test came back positive, my platelets are averaging at 52 after transfusion only went up to 66 what could be going on?

Low platelets : Underlying liver disease is a common cause of low platelets. Treatment will be directed to the underlying liver problem. Since the platelets will not last very long in the body we don't transfuse unless there is active bleeding or if levels are really very low. ...Read more