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What is the likelihood of a false negative herpes type specific blood test with background of lupus (sle)?

What is the likelihood of a false negative herpes type specific blood test with background of lupus (sle)?

About 0% to 9%: Quest diagnostics' website states that their herpes type-specific IgG antibody test is 91-100% sensitive, so there are a few false negative results. A repeat test can be done 4-6 weeks later, if worried about a false negative. Lupus should not affect the result, but if a person is on strong immuno-suppressive therapy, his antibody production may be blocked, which may make test results unreliable. ...Read more

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There are different types of herpes infections; herpes simplex infection of mouth (gingivostomatitis) and lips (labialis) are the most common. Others include genital herpes, and herpes zoster. Herpes infection could very mild to very dangerous depending on the type and location of the body affected. I ...Read more


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Can an ANA test or any blood test used to diagnose auto-immune diseases show all the types of lupus?

Can an ANA test or any blood test used to diagnose auto-immune diseases show all the types of lupus?

Not necessarily: Patients with systemic le will almost always have a positive ana. However, patients with lupus confined to the skin, i.e. Discoid le or scle (subacute cutaneous le)may not have a positive ana. A positive ANA by itself does not necessarily indicate sle and is seen in a number of medical conditions. The diagnosis of sle is made on the basis of historical, clinical and laboratory criteria. ...Read more

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Lupus sle panel blood test shows pos myocardial ab, if, myocardial ab titer 1:40, gastric pareital cell 43, RA factor 30. What does this mean?

Lupus sle panel blood test shows pos myocardial ab, if, myocardial ab titer 1:40, gastric pareital cell 43, RA factor 30. What does this mean?

Difficult to say: Without specific patient scenario, it is difficult to interpret. You can have lab test anomaly without clinical disease. Open the case... ...Read more

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I am sickle cell trait and my blood test is showing lupus sle and or sjogrens Who do I see and if I have sickle cell trait I would I need plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

I am sickle cell trait and my blood test is showing lupus sle and or sjogrens 
Who do I see and if I have sickle cell trait I would I need plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine)?

Start with your PCP: and go from there. There are internists who specialize in sickle cell management, and your PCP will be the best person to refer you. Plus, if you start plaquenil, (hydroxychloroquine) you need to have a good eye doctor too to follow you as well for all of your conditions. So, let your doctor be the gatekeeper to referring you to the best doctors s/he knows, and you will be in good hands! ...Read more

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What are rheumatoid factor and other blood test results that suggest lupus?

What are rheumatoid factor and other blood test results that suggest lupus?

ANA, Sm, antidsDNA: Laboratory tests are important but not the only factor in diagnosing lupus. Generally the screening test is for anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) more specific tests are antibodies to sm antigen and double stranded dna. ...Read more

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If you is tell by your doctor just buy a blood test that you might have lupus what else could it be?

Many factors: Nobody really knows what lupus is, but making the diagnosis is crucial and lives depend on it. Bloodwork is one component along with other clinical features. The usual screen is the anti-nuclear antibody assay which picks up the vast majority of cases, though most people with positive ANA do not have lupus. Ask the titer, pattern, follow-up labs. ...Read more

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Could you please tell me what blood test are used for lupus. I'm looking at blood test example CBC =blood count. Lupus= ?

Could you please tell me what blood test are used for lupus.  I'm looking at blood test  example CBC =blood count. Lupus= ?

Lupus blood tests: Have your physician order an ANA test. If that is positive, seek the care of a rheumatologist. For further tests. Patients with lupus are anemic, usually. ...Read more