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What is the normal protocol for a patient that is subclinical hypothyroid? I have all normal test results, but all the symptoms and family history.

What is the normal protocol for
a patient that is subclinical 
hypothyroid? I have all normal
test results, but all the symptoms
and family history.

Test RT3: I bet you did not get reverse T3 tested. This is critical in making the diagnosis for functional hypothyroidism. Check free T3 and reverse t3. Ft3 should be in upper range and rt3 in lower range. If your ratio is off, you may need Armour Thyroid or t3, and synthroid (thyroxine) would be the wrong med for you. Make sure thyroid antibodies were tested too. ...Read more

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What does a negative ifa blood test mean?

What does a negative ifa blood test mean?

Could you please: Spell out ifa? All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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What does t means a positive ANA test and ifa?

What does t means a positive ANA test and ifa?

Only a test and: Only a test and that result suggests that it is not the standard assay. If there are general body symptoms, then a rheumatologist would be helpful. ...Read more

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Which test is more preferred by doctors: the "ANA IFA" or the "ANA Direct?" Which one is more accurate of the two?

Which test is more preferred by doctors:  the "ANA IFA" or the "ANA Direct?"  Which one is more accurate of the two?

Different info: The tests are similar but differ in the details of information provided. A positive ANA, by itself is only a screening test and is not diagnostic of a disease. Further testing is usually needed, depending on the clinical picture. ...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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Ana titer with reflex to ifa of 1:320 and neg for antibody tests what does that mean? Pattern was speckled and homogeneos

See details: You have a positive ANA which is a screening test for lupus. However, it is positive in numerous other diseases and even in normal people. See a rheumatologist to determine what it means. ...Read more