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Blood Test For Lupus Diagnosis
Yes: There is a simple blood test for lupus called an "ana" (for antinuclear antibody). It is positive, or detectable, in about 20% of healthy people, so it is only helpful as an initial screening. A doctor can ask questions, perform a physical exam and order further tests to figure out if a positive test indicates lupus. A negative test is very reassuring. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood ...Read more
Petechiae rashes on upper chest. What could this be? I have had blood test for lupus and sjogren's syndrome but all came back negative except C3 level
Are they petechiae?: Real petechiae do not lose their color when you press down on them. With your dry eyes and joint pain, sjogren and lupus labs are in order. What's your platelet count, did you bleed badly during a dental procedure, and did your physician try something simple like a capillary fragility / tourniquet test? If it really petechiae without signs of clotting trouble, a dermatology consult is in order. ...Read more
My skin is sore, my joints feel like they have the flu, I have a headache for over 10 days & my doctor says my blood test for lupus is normal.?
Many possibilities: Unclear as to absolute diagnmosis as these are several non-specific symptoms. They range from simple viral disease to more serious possibilties. The most troubling is a headache lasting this long. More information is needed to guide you but follow up with your primary care and possibly seeing a neurologist is suggested. ...Read more
Can late-stage Lyme, EBV, HHV6, or lead toxicity cause a malar rash? Blood test - for lupus. Skin biopsy - for rosacea but + for general inflammation.
What is the likelihood of a false negative herpes type specific blood test with background of lupus (sle)?
About 0% to 9%: Quest diagnostics' website states that their herpes type-specific IgG antibody test is 91-100% sensitive, so there are a few false negative results. A repeat test can be done 4-6 weeks later, if worried about a false negative. Lupus should not affect the result, but if a person is on strong immuno-suppressive therapy, his antibody production may be blocked, which may make test results unreliable. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you is tell by your doctor just buy a blood test that you might have lupus what else could it be?
Many factors: Nobody really knows what lupus is, but making the diagnosis is crucial and lives depend on it. Bloodwork is one component along with other clinical features. The usual screen is the anti-nuclear antibody assay which picks up the vast majority of cases, though most people with positive ANA do not have lupus. Ask the titer, pattern, follow-up labs. ...Read more
False positive for Lupus, now positive for HCV, waiting on blood test to confirm. Could HCV cause a false + for lupus?
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