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Ana W Reflex Titer Blood Test
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?
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
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?
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
Can Diltiazem cause a lupus titer of 1:320? I also have positive ana and homogeneous pattern. All other blood test were normal.
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
Antinuclear ab: positive, speckled; titer to follow. Ana titer: 1:40 anti-dna (sle): < 4 iu/ml is this a positive blood test for sle?
Will amoxicillian effect the results of an ANA blood test? I just got done w/ a ten day course (500 mg, 3x a day) & scheduled for blood work tomorrow
Can you have ANA come up posative if you have a cold or a virus on the day you have your 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
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
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
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
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
Depends on the lab: Different labs have different normal ranges. This should be printed on the results report. ...Read more
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
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
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
Does medication like methotrexate, affect on the outcome of ANA profile blood test to show the control (co) strong positive? ?
Why would my ANA blood test go from speckled pattern to homogeneous within 6 months is that normal? I have a low positive ANA tilter.
Normal: Patterns can change and I do not pay much attention to them. ...Read more
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
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