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I have recurring flares of rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back. My ANA is 6:40. I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?

I have  recurring flares of  rashes, joint pain, muscle aches, debilitating fatigue, dizziness. I have photosensitity and one episode of my WBC at 2.0 years back.  My ANA is 6:40.  I'm on plaquenil. Why are all my other antibodies neg for lupus?

Maybe SLE maybe not.: Diagnosis of rheumatologic disease is generally based on symptoms with support from lab. Sounds like you have a rheumatologic disease and are being treated with a rheumatologic agent perhaps by a rheumatologist. They can explain your particular situation better, but suffice it to say tests are not always right and a single test does not generally make or break a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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Is cryptococcal meningitis a virus? Please advise! Also, how is it treated?

Is cryptococcal meningitis a virus? Please advise! Also, how is it treated?

No, it is a yeast: Cryptococcal meningitis is caused by a yeast named cryptococcus neoformans. It is treated with a combination of oral or intravenous meds along with some injected into the spinal fluid. ...Read more

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Can cryptococcal meningitis be detected with a brain MRI without contrast?

Can cryptococcal meningitis be detected with a brain MRI without contrast?

Surveillance: is an important tool in the identification of cryptococcal infections in high risk populations. Guidelines can be found here: http://whqlibdoc.who.int/publications/2011/9789241502979_eng.pdf In the general population symptoms and physical findings would result in a diagnostic spinal tap to make a diagnosis. MRI is indicated when the immune status of the infected individual precludes an inflammatory of antibody response. In that situation an MRI WITH contrast is necessary to identify the presence of infection. ...Read more

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Please help all of my doctors are stumped . What can cause systemic lupus like symptoms and chronic bouts of aseptic meningitis ?

Please help all of my doctors are stumped . What can cause systemic lupus like symptoms and chronic bouts of aseptic meningitis ?

Complex: And needs thorough history, physical examination and probably blood /imaging studies, your best bet would be a tertiary care center, start with rheumatology who would ask other specialists to come aboard as needed. Talk to your primary doctor about referral, good luck ...Read more

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I have neck stiffness and rashes on hands & feet. Could this be caused by meningitis vaccination i received 2 days ago?

I have neck stiffness and rashes on hands & feet. Could this be caused by meningitis vaccination i received 2 days ago?

Unlikely: There are few things that produce a rash on the palms and soles, including syphilis and tick borne illnesses like rocky mountain spotted fever. This sounds like you should go to a doctor and be evaluated. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is the glass test indicative of meningitis rash? My 5 year old has a facial rash that I can still see when I do the glass test. Thank you

Is the glass test indicative of meningitis rash?  My 5 year old has a facial rash that I can still see when I do the glass test.  Thank you

Have it examined: I would not take chances, all tests can have false positives, but you should respect this and have it looked at and treated immediaely if necessary ...Read more

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What does the rash look like for meningitis ?

What does the rash look like for meningitis ?

Bacterial meningitis: The bacterial meningitis rash looks like a bunch of tiny pin pricks initially, that develops into areas of skin looking almost like purple colored bruising, if you press the purple colored rash it won't turn white. If you see such a rash, plus stiff neck, fever headache or other symptoms of meningitis visit a doctor immediately. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Meningitis (Definition)

Meningitis occurs when the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord becomes inflamed. Symptoms include headaches, fever, stiff neck, and a sensitivity to light. There are two primary types of ...Read more


Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more