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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

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


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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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Crp 2.73, ESR 22, ANA + speckled 1:40, complement ch50 is >60. 15 years of fatigue/malaise, headaches, ibs, aches and pains. Any correlation?

Crp 2.73, ESR 22, ANA + speckled 1:40, complement ch50 is >60. 15 years of fatigue/malaise, headaches, ibs, aches and pains. Any correlation?

Chronic Lyme?: Have you been tested properly for chronic Lyme? Consider iSpot Lyme test, not conventional western blot. ...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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Positive ANA 1:80 speckeled, p.O.T.S syndrome, fat malabsorption, would this link to scelerderma, I cannot think of any other issue, :- (that connects?

I doubt it: In the absence of raynaud's / skin changes prior to malabsorption, i'd be surprised if this was scleroderma. ANA especially at low-titer 1:80 very likely means nothing. Other causes of malabsorption are fairly common & can be worked up. Mild orthostatic tachycardia is probably more common than we think. I appreciate your research but i'd keep looking for answers & staying optimistic. ...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

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What causes positive ANA results?

What causes positive ANA results?

Possibly normal: Up to 5% of healthy people may have a low titer ana. Lupus and other autoimmune diseases and sarcoidosis are possiblities. Diagnosis is on the basis of associated findings, not the ANA by itself. ...Read more

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Can severe allergies cause a positive ana?

Can severe allergies cause a positive ana?

Highly unlikely,,,: This is mostly due to connective tissue diseases like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and others. Allergies aren't known to do this, even severe ones. Having said this, you might have one of these diseases as they're more common in women, so it's good to see your doctor and get tested, or if you know you have a positive ana, discuss it with your doctor and if needed, get more tests. ...Read more

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Can a positive ANA mean cancer in the blood?

No: A low-titer ANA usually means nothing. A higher titer is helpful in confirming the diagnosis of several common diseases including lupus and type I autoimmune hepatitis, but is not a cancer screen. ...Read more

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Positive ANA but no autoimmune disease. What does this mean?

Positive ANA but no autoimmune disease. What does this mean?

Just a screening: 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. ...Read more

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My blood test was positive ANA and high rnp what does that mean?

See below: These test results have to be interpreted in context of your symptoms and these are frequently false positives. Seeing a rheumatologist can help you better determine this. If they are a true positive, this can be seen with an autoimmune disease known as mixed connective tissue disease. ...Read more

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What does a weakly positive ANA with only rnp antibodies indicate?

Specific to patient: The test by itself is not diagnostic. It depends on your evaluation, examination, clinical factors are the most pertinent. The lab reports are guidelines but not diagnostic in themselves. ...Read more

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What does a positive ANA 1:160 speckled pattern and CRP of 4.8 could mean?

Not sure: The ANA is a nonspecific test and can be seen in numerous disorders and even in normal individuals. The ANA must be evaluated in light of the clinical picture and more specific lab testing. Depending on the CRP test used, a value of 4.8 may be normal or it may be elevated. ...Read more

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Is a ANA positive when u have temporal artertis if its a immune problem too?

Is a ANA positive when u have temporal artertis if its a immune problem too?

No: The histopathology and the little bit we know of how the disease works indicates it's a cell-mediated rather than an antibody-mediated problem. ...Read more

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How about Ana screen positive, Ana titer (ifa) 1:80 Hi, and pattern speckled?

How about it?: Up to a quarter of women your age have an ANA (immunofluorescent antibody) at a low titer like yours with a speckled pattern. If there's a question of whether you have lupus or one of its relatives, it's a piece of information to note and file for future reference. A negative ANA would rule several things out. Your result proves nothing positive. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I got a weak positive ANA and negative rheumatoid factor. What does this mean?

They don`t mean much: These tests are within normal limits and don`t mean much. Tests can be negative in the presence of disease and positive in normal people. Diagnoses depend on a competent physician who does a proper history and physical exam and uses tests and x-rays and others to arrive at a diagnosis. Don`t over depend on tests. ...Read more

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What does a high positive ANA ifa test and negative choice antibody test mean?

See details: I have never heard of a choice antibody test. I positive ANA must be evaluated in the context of the clinical picture. It is a screening test for lupus but can be positive in numerous other diseases and often in people without any disease. ...Read more

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What does dual pattern on a positive ANA blood test mean? Other blood work is fine?

What does dual pattern on a positive ANA blood test mean? Other blood work is fine?

Depends on symptoms: ANA is a screen for lupus. The pattern was used in the past to assist in diagnosing lupus and related conditions, but we have better tests (i.e. Ena panel) that has made patterns less useful. But you cannot over interpret this test: ANA positivity, regardless of pattern, is not helpful without knowing your symptoms. Everything boils down to symptoms;; rheum md would be very helpful. ...Read more

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Does a positive ANA of 1;640 spec pattern suggest cancer if all other test are negative?

ANA: An ANA is not a diagnostic test for cancer. It has no reliabilty for screening cancer. It is estimated that about 30% of all patients will have false positive. Unless you have symptoms consistent with an autoimmune process, it is not a diagnostic test. ...Read more

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What could be the causes of a positive ANA and a sed rate of 38 in a 21 year old female?

Multiple causes: An elevated sed rate is not specific and can be seen with inflammation or infection. A positive ANA is very non-specific but can be seen with multiple rheumatological conditions. These results combined with other tests, such as a Rheumatoid factor and anti-ccp along with your symptoms, may help narrow a cause. ...Read more

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I have positive ana, ssb and a CRP of 84 how likely is it that I hve an autoimmune problem?

Impossible to say: Lab tests alone do not make a diagnosis. The ssb with a negative ssa has little clinical importance. The ANA must be evaluated in the context of the clinical symptoms. See a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Positive ANA 1;320 speckled pattern and a negative ena... Does this mean I don't have lupus?

ANA: You really need to meet with a rheumatolgist to discuss this further since they might need further testing or biopsy to determine the answer. ...Read more

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Positive Ana with homogenous pattern titer of 1:160 does this most likely mean I have lupus?

No: This result is weakly positive or even normal in some individuals, positive ANA screen doesn't confirm a disease, it rather complements clinical signs and symptoms, other specific tests, imaging /tissue studies need to be performed in the context of the whole clinical picture. Seek a rheumatologist input if you're in doubt, wish you wellness ...Read more

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Positive Ana 1:40 with homogeneous pattern with positive CRP 0.6mg/dL...what could this mean?

Not sure... depends: On why you did the tests and what you saw the doctor for. That looks like a fairly weak positive ANA titer, and low positive CRP as well. I would follow up with your doctor to find out what the results mean to your specific condition. Good luck. ...Read more

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