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Antinuclear Antibodies Ana
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
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
PG RISKS: See your doc for preconception and to talk about risks. ...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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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