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Can A Positive For Tuberculosis Test Correlate With Lupus
Only if immunized: If immunization was in effect on that island (cuba immunizes against tb), then the skin test will be positive. You need to know that information in order to interpret the skin test results of anyone from any of the islands. I don't know if immunization is in effect on all the carribean islands. ...Read more
Mycobacterium tuberculosis is an infectious organism that spreads by droplets coughed out by an infected person. Infection is established initially in lungs, but can spread within lungs & to other body parts, or can become latent, with reactivation occurring years to decades later. With effective treatment, it can be completely eliminated although drug resistant ...Read more
Could you get anegative on your tuberculosis test even though you got a positive the previous time?
Generally not: If you are speaking of the skin test the answer is no, as it usually remains positive for years and years even after successful treatment. There is a blood test for latent (silent) TB that can be repeated following initial, successful treatment. ...Read more
Chest Xray And-----: If PPD (Mantoux) test is positive. We will order Chest Xray if it is positive. Next step is to get a specimen of sputum for culture&sensitivity and start the patient on Antibiotics. If chest xray is negative. And there are no signs and symptoms suggesting TB in other organs like Lymph Nodes, Bones or Kidneys etc. We recommend patient take INH as a preventive treatment for6months to kill dormant bacteria ...Read more
Chest X ray: It is possible to have active TB with very little symptoms especially early on. However, it is more than likely that you carry the germ for TB in a dormant form, this is called latent tb. No symptoms are expected with latent tb. ...Read more
Repeat TB test:
It is not a good idea to repeat a TB skin test if a previous test is positive as you can have a much larger reaction that may cause a problem.
If you are required by work to have a screen for tB again, an X-ray is usually recommended. ...Read more
It could be: Latent TB. The doctor will need to examine you & get a history. A chest xray may be ordered. ...Read more
Autoantibodies.: Your body is producing antibodies directed against its own tissues and is likely at increased risk for the development of an autoimmune disease such as lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroiditis, vitiligo, infammatory bowel dis or pernicious anemia from gastritis. Lac can cause clotting disorders and miscariages, but is not in and of itself an important predictor of clinical outcomes. ...Read more
Blood clots: You are paradoxically at increased risk of having blood clots. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
I got a positive lupus antibody test in june and was told I would need lifelong warfarin. Is this accurate?
If all you had was one positive lupus antibody test, then that is not an indication for treatment with warfarin. To make a diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome requires multiple positive tests over time in addition to a clinical finding such as a blood clot or miscarriages.
http://www.rheumatology.org/practice/clinical/patients/diseases_and_conditions/antiphospholipidsyndrome. Asp. ...Read more
I recently had a positive ANA test. My dr tested folupus but it was negative. I have all the symptoms except rash. Can u have a false neg lupus test?
Keep working: Lupus is defined by a series of criteria, of which a strongly positive ANA is one. No specific test turning out negative rules out lupus. Perhaps you were tested for anti-smith (sm), which if positive hands us the diagnosis but is only positive in 1 of 3 patients. Perhaps there is a misunderstanding or you can request consultation. Lupus requires great courage -- will be thinking of you. ...Read more
How often does an ANA test comeback positive when lupus is not involved? What else could a positive ANA indicate? (there are several symptoms of sle)
How quick can a blood work test for lupus or RA go from constantly being negative to finally showing up as a positive?
Check the Laboratory: Call the laboratory and make sure that their quality controls were within their established standard deviations on the batch of tests that your specimen was run and also find out any possibility of false positives for that particular method that they are using to do your test. ...Read more
What could a positive ANA of 1:640 speckled indicate if lupus and rheumatoid arthritis tests are negative?
Does a positive ANA 1:160 homogeneous test result for teen require further clinical review w/rheumatologist (mom recently dx w/lupus)?
Mgt: More details regarding the presentation, symptoms and other illnesses would be helpful in advising further studies. ...Read more
I have a positive lupus ban test but a negative ANA test. My primary care doctor said I have sero negative lupus and told me not to see a specialist?
See a rheumatologist: A positive lupus band test on a skin biopsy suggests cutaneous lupus but not necessarily systemic lupus. See a rheumatologist. It is presumptuous for a primary care physician to tell you what he/she did. ...Read more
I have a butterfly rash on my face and a positive ANA test. A rheumatologist said he doesn't think it's Lupus. Should I get a second opinion?
It's your right: To have a second opinion, and trust your rheumatologist too, Lupus isn't an easy disease to be confirmed, there are certain criteria for the diagnosis, rheumatologist are expert at such, good luck ...Read more
I had a positive ANA test and many symptoms of Lupus. I have several old tests that show WBC/RBC, protien, in urine. ANA is neg now but still symptoms?
Follow it for now: Lab results may be in error, especially with the ANA, but in lupus there's almost always a high one at some time. You've listed "heart failure / condition" and as a young adult, you have a responsibility to find out exactly what's with your heart before we go looking for lupus. There is no magic bullet for lupus, and the real question is, "How much do we need before we treat? " ...Read more
I have a positive speckled ANA test, with muscle pain, rash, and weakness etc. Does this mean I have lupus?
No: It takes a lot more to make the diagnosis of lupus, contact you local chapter of the lupus foundation for information. ...Read more
If u had a positive ANA test but don't have lupus could it account 4 another illness? Esp if u r sick all the time w chronic fevers, pain, hair loss, etc?
Positive ANA: Means that you might have some sort of connective tissue disease, not necessarily lupus, and positive ANA by itself doesn't diagnose lupus or any other connective tissue disease, it is just an indicator, other tests and clinical history and examination will make the final diagnosis, please see your doctor, who might refer you to a rheumatologist, good luck ...Read more
I have a positive ANA (1:320), joint pain, mouth ulcer, livedo veticularis. I the all other test that doctor ordered are negtive. Do I have lupus?
Possibly: The combination of a positive ANA and livedo reticularis gives me cause for concern. Imo, lupus is a reasonable possibility. The other issue is an antiphospholipid antibody syndrome which can occur secondary to sle. Have you been tested for this? Have you seen a rheumatologist? If not, do both. ...Read more
Local Health Dept: You can go to the local health department in your city/town or your doctor's office & get the PPD (tuberculosis) test done. You have to go back to their office 48-72 hours later to have it interpreted. Please make sure that you do not get it done on a thursday or friday so that there is no delay in reading the test results. ...Read more
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