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My teen had ANA test but now dr is saying we need a "reflex titer" blood test. What is it and does that mean ANA positive?

My teen had ANA test but now dr is saying we need a "reflex titer" blood test. What is it and does that mean ANA positive?

Suggestive of auto-: Immune disorder. A high concentration of anti-nuclear antibody is one indicator or auto-immune disease. Titer is one expression for concentration of a particular antibody. See this site for info on ana:
http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003535.Htm. ...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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What does a variation in results for ANA blood test in the past all were negative what does it mean if the titer is 1:80 and a speckled pattern?

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Autoimmune disease: ANA is a marker for autoimmune diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. A <1:80 titer is low, meaning there is a lower chance of disease. A "speckled pattern" refers to the staining pattern of the markers, which is seen under the microscope. Certain autoimmune diseases produce specific staining patterns. A negative ANA means you do not have that marker of disease. ...Read more

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Can Diltiazem cause a lupus titer of 1:320? I also have positive ana and homogeneous pattern. All other blood test were normal.

Ana positive: Yes it could be related to the meds, Ana us kind of too high, needs to get more specific testing to completely clear the possibility ...Read more

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I just got a blood test. I have High AST & ALT levels, high Bilrubin, a High CK total, and a positive ANA titer. Can you please help me identify this?

I just got a blood test. I have High AST & ALT levels, high Bilrubin, a High CK total, and a positive ANA titer. Can you please help me identify this?

You need a workup: You're a young man and if you exercise and feel well, I'm not concerned about the CK. Around 1 person in 4 has a positive ANA, usually low titer. Your liver tests will be repeated after 2 weeks off alcohol / meds if applicable; if still up, you'll be screened for hepatitis B and C, Wilson's, hemochromatosis and autoimmune hepatitis. Your body may simply be asking for exercise & better eating. ...Read more

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How accurate is the ANA direct blood test? What is the test used for?

Explanation: This test is not very specific and used often as addition to sed rate, rheumatoid factor and other specific tests for diagnosis of rheumatic and autoimmune disease. ...Read more

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Can an ANA test or any blood test be used to diagnose auto-immune diseases?

Can an ANA test or any blood test be used to diagnose auto-immune diseases?

Yes: An ANA is a test used to see essentially if the immune system has been activated. However, there are mutiple other tests for autoimmune diseases which are numerous and difficult to explain in this short space. Talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Ordered ANA in blood test to check for autoimmune. Came back negative. What does this mean?

Dr. Ordered ANA in blood test to check for autoimmune. Came back negative. What does this mean?

Less likely: This means that your problem is less likely to be from an autoimmune disease but does not totally rule it out. The diagnosis of a disease is based on the clinical features and the lab test is used mainly to confirm it. ...Read more

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Can you have ANA come up posative if you have a cold or a virus on the day you have your blood test?

Can you have ANA come up posative if you have a cold or a virus on the day you have your blood test?

Usually not: Usually not. That is a possible issue with rheumatoid factor, but not ana. ANA positivity does not necessarily mean lupus. It is sometimes present in healthy individuals. ...Read more

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What else could cause hashimitos type symptoms? When hashimitos has been ruled out by thyroid blood test and ANA blood test?

What else could cause hashimitos type symptoms? When hashimitos has been ruled out by thyroid blood test and ANA blood test?

The symptoms: The symptoms of hashimoto's can be seen with any number of conditions. We would need to know what exact symptoms that you are having to best comment. ...Read more

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Does stress cause ANA weak positive blood test cause I got a weak positive does it mean I will get an autoamune illness later in life?

Weak positive?: What blood test are you referring to? Sometimes doctors test for ANA (antinuclear antibody), and results can be confusing. The "weak positive" can be a false one, and may not indicate any autoimmune illness at all. Positive ANA is fairly common, even in healthy people -- 20% of women, and 7% of men! Http://tinyurl. Com/mp64o5m if you have no other symptoms, I would not be concerned about it. ...Read more

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What is the ANA profile blood test?

What is the ANA profile blood test?

Autoimmune: ANA test detects antinuclear antibodies in your blood. Your immune system normally makes antibodies to help you fight infection. Antinuclear antibodies often attack your body's own tissues, each cell's nucleus. Positive ANA test indicates that your immune system is misdirected attacking your own cells. Some people have positive ANA tests even when they're healthy. Ordered if lupus ra, scleroderma. ...Read more

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My ANA profile blood test. The control (co) is 68 what is that means? ?

My ANA profile blood test. The control (co) is 68 what is that means? ?

Caution: By itself, the ANA means very little. It is only a useful test if the clinical picture suggests an autoimmune disease such as lupus. However, there are a plethora of reasons the ANA may be positive. Too often, it is mistakenly done as a screening test for generalized symptoms such fatigue or body aches. ...Read more

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What is an ANA or anca blood test?

What is an ANA or anca blood test?

Antinuclear Antibody: ANA stands for antinuclear antibody test which is used to detect autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. There are inflammatory cells that can turn against itself. ...Read more

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If the nucleosomes (nuc) is positive in the ANA profile blood test, what exactly this mean? ?

If the nucleosomes (nuc) is positive in the ANA profile blood test, what exactly this mean? ?

Ana pattern: ANA patterns are often not reliable in diagnosing disease in practice. Pattern detection accuracy can also vary between different labs. Ultimately whatever results of an ANA that one obtains has to be interpreted in context of the patients symptoms and history. ...Read more

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My blood test was positive ANA and high rnp what does that mean?

See below: These test results have to be interpreted in context of your symptoms and these are frequently false positives. Seeing a rheumatologist can help you better determine this. If they are a true positive, this can be seen with an autoimmune disease known as mixed connective tissue disease. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a normal aso titer blood test for a 31 year old woman?

Depends on the lab: Different labs have different normal ranges. This should be printed on the results report. ...Read more

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What is the Ana antibody blood test and what does a positive result signify?

What is the Ana antibody blood test and what does a positive result signify?

Autoantibody: This is a nonspecific antibody test against your own tissue but by itself it does not diagnose any disease condition although it may point to a higher risk in developing an autoimmune disease now or in the future. The higher the titer, the more likely the risk. ...Read more

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What does dual pattern on a positive ANA blood test mean? Other blood work is fine?

What does dual pattern on a positive ANA blood test mean? Other blood work is fine?

Depends on symptoms: ANA is a screen for lupus. The pattern was used in the past to assist in diagnosing lupus and related conditions, but we have better tests (i.e. Ena panel) that has made patterns less useful. But you cannot over interpret this test: ANA positivity, regardless of pattern, is not helpful without knowing your symptoms. Everything boils down to symptoms;; rheum md would be very helpful. ...Read more

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What does it mean if it comes back on a blood test that the rubella titer was reactive?

What does it mean if it comes back on a blood test that the rubella titer was reactive?

That's good: I'm assuming this is for prenatal labs. You want to be "rubella immune". That means the vaccine worked. If you didn't react, you'd be susceptible to getting it and putting the fetus at risk. ...Read more

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Would an ANA blood test be positive in someone with sarcoid since it is an autoimmune disorder?

ANA not in sarcoid: ANA, or anti-nuclear antibody, is a sensitive and specific test for systemic lupus erythematosus only at high titer >1:320. A low titer positive ANA, such as 1:40 may be detected in up to 1 in 10 HEALTHY women. Sarcoidosis is a disease of hyperactive immune cells BUT it is not characterized by specific antibodies like ANA. Someone with sarcoid would not be expected to have a high-titer ANA. ...Read more

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My primary doc took a blood test and told that ANA pattern is 1:40 and is not good....what. Exactly is this ANA?

Antinuclear Antibody: ANA test detects antinuclear antibodies in your blood. These antibodies often attack your body's own tissues. In most cases, a positive ANA test indicates that your immune system has launched a misdirected attack on your own tissue (autoimmune reaction). Caution as ANA testing can be positive in healthy individuals. This lab is ordered when there is concern for autoimmune disease like lupus. ...Read more

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My cardiologist said my ANA came back slightly positive in my blood test so I have to have the test again to check again. What does this mean?

My cardiologist said my ANA came back slightly positive in my blood test so I have to have the test again to check again. What does this mean?

Probably nothing but: It is a non specific test, so it probably means nothing, but if in doubt see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Is there a specific blood test for scleroderma (other than ana)?

Scleroderma: No specific tests. ANA usually positive but this is not specific. Usually diagnosed by rheumatologists with a combination of tests and physical examinations. ...Read more

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If I take a regular blood test does it proves immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR titer)?

If I take a regular blood test does it proves immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR titer)?

MMR titer: This has to be specifically ordered. Don't know what you mean be a regular blood test. Generally a tube of blood will be drawn from a vein, the titers ordered and the results should be back fairly repidly depending upon the lab to which they are sent. ...Read more