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Dr. Alfred Kim
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Antinuclear Antibodies (Overview)

Antinuclear antibodies present - about half of those who have this have an auto-immune disease. About half do not.


Dr. Alfred Kim
24 doctors shared insights

Antinuclear Antibodies (Overview)

Antinuclear antibodies present - about half of those who have this have an auto-immune disease. About half do not.


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How can you tell if you have an elevated antinuclear antibodies?

How can you tell if you have an elevated antinuclear antibodies?

Blood test: Have a blood test for antinuclear antibiodies. Routine screening for such is not recommended as positive tests in absence of disease are common. ...Read more

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Why do symptoms often show up yrs before labs (specific antinuclear antibodies, etc) in a diagnosis of lupus? I'm near diagnosis with only high +ana. What causes the sx?

Why do symptoms often show up yrs before labs (specific antinuclear antibodies, etc) in a diagnosis of lupus? I'm near diagnosis with only high +ana.  What causes the sx?

Lupus is a mystery: Lupus is a famous master of masquerade--it can mimmic many disease states. Lupus symptoms may be present much earlier than when it can be diagnosed, thus lab measurement only provide a guide. This only means the lab has its limitation and medical science has only gotten this far. Don't rely on the lab, but rather rely on your bopdy--maybe something else is going on. Consult your doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Antinuclear antibodies are diagnostic of what?

Antinuclear antibodies are diagnostic of what?

Part of diagnosis: Antinuclear antibodies, ana, may be present in older folks without any disease. ANA are present in many diseases, e.g., lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune disorders. Presence of ANA needs to be evaluated in concert with other findings. ...Read more

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Antinuclear antibodies strongly positive what does this mean?

Antinuclear antibodies strongly positive what does this mean?

Impossible to say: While the ANA is a screening test for lupus, it is also positive in numerous other diseases and may frequently be positive in people without any disease, the test needs to be evaluated in the context of your clinical symptoms. See a rheumatologist for this issue. ...Read more

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How can you tell if you have an elevated antinuclear antibodies?

Blood test: Have a blood test for antinuclear antibiodies. Routine screening for such is not recommended as positive tests in absence of disease are common. ...Read more

Antibody (Definition)

An antibody is a protein the body's immune system makes to identify potentially harmful substances in the body. Antibodies attach to the substance on a molecular level and mark it so the immune ...Read more