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I was recently diagnosed with IBS and I have been told I have a positive ana, what does that mean?

I was recently diagnosed with IBS and I have been told I have a positive ana, what does that mean?

Probably nothing.: ANA is a non-specific test seen in numerous illnesses as well as in healthy people. By itself, it has no prognostic significance except in juvenile idiopathic arthritis. It is a frequent incidental finding when broad work ups are done for non-specific symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Charles Cattano
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How do you determine if IBS is due to scleroderma when ANA positive but no other symptoms?

How do you determine if IBS is due to scleroderma when ANA positive but no other symptoms?

You cannot!: ANA is not a test specific for scleroderma, and there are false positives. There are several subtypes of scleroderma too, such as localized, systemic sclerosis, crest, syndromes, and single internal organ involvement. Several major and minor criteria must be met to make a diagnosis of systemic sclerosis. A skin biopsy is essential, if clinical exam is suspicious for cutaneous scleroderma. ...Read more

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Ibs like symptoms as well as autoimmune ones no crohns, colitis bloodwork doesn't show anything abnormal other than low positive ANA what doc can help?

Ibs like symptoms as well as autoimmune ones no crohns, colitis bloodwork doesn't show anything abnormal other than low positive ANA what doc can help?

go pcp and test done: I think we need additional information about your test other than ANA test which showed minimal positive which you can see normal individuals. Do you have diarrhea, any blood in stool, weight loss, any GI intervention in the past? These are we need to know about your illness. Besides need to do panelof blood test for all ibd and metabolic panels.I suggest go to your pcp and get test done. ...Read more

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I have tested ANA positive, have IBS, joint pain on both sides of my body hands, shoulders, wrists and diverticulitis. What is my prognosis?

I have tested ANA positive, have IBS, joint pain on both sides of my body hands, shoulders, wrists and diverticulitis. What is my prognosis?

Non specific: Problem with ANA test is that it is very sensitive but not specific. You will need more testing from your MD to sort out the diagnosis before a prognosis can be given. ...Read more

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I have ibs-c with pain, take Prozac (fluoxetine) & amitryptline. Also had joint pain &tired. Tested got ANA positive and rnp positive(1.4). What could this mean?

I have ibs-c with pain, take Prozac (fluoxetine) & amitryptline. Also had joint pain &tired. Tested got ANA positive and rnp positive(1.4). What could this mean?

See below: ANA is one part of detecting if there is an autoimmune disorder present. Your doctor can examine you to determine if the tests are confirming diagnosis from your symptoms and the exam. Please refer to this site for more info: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0004004/. ...Read more

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Can ANA be fakse positive even if tested 3 times in 1 1/2 years and still came up nucleolar no symptoms but ibs?

Can ANA be fakse positive even if tested 3 times in 1 1/2 years and still came up nucleolar no symptoms but ibs?

Yes and no: It is positive but this does not mean in indicates you have a connective tissue disease. A positive blood test may or may not indicate the presence of a ctd. This test is a guide but what is false is that you don't have a problem associated with it. Also there have been some problems with the nucleolar pattern. It may be with the lab your insurance company requires your doctor to use. ...Read more

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+ana speckled pattern, fibromyalgia, IBS inflamm. N hands/feet. Rhuematologist thinks it's RA instead of mctd. Is it possible with rnpab, IgG high?

+ana speckled pattern, fibromyalgia, IBS inflamm. N hands/feet. Rhuematologist thinks it's RA instead of mctd. Is it possible with rnpab, IgG high?

Yes: You do not mention the rheumatoid factor and ccp antibody results but an inflammatory polyarthritis can certainly be RA even with other autoantibodies positive. I personally believe that mctd if it does really exist is over diagnosed. Imo, if you follow these patients most turn out to have lupus. ...Read more

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What can I expect to come next? I've a positive p-anca positive c-anca and positive ana! What does this really mean?

What can I expect to come next? I've a positive p-anca positive c-anca and positive ana! What does this really mean?

Talk to rheum: You need to consult a rheumatologist . Even though the positive tests point to the presence of vasculitis, by themselves they have no meaning. ...Read more

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What causes a positive ana?

What causes a positive ana?

Autoimmune disease: ANA (anti-nuclear antibody) is a blood test used by doctors that indicates the presence of an autoimmune condition in which the body's immune system is predisposed to recognize normal things in your body as foreign invaders that need to be attacked. The results are not specific for any particular disease if positive, but are a preliminary test, after which a range of possibilities are considered. ...Read more

Ana (Definition)

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