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What does it mean to be positive for lupus antibodies?

What does it mean to be positive for lupus antibodies?

Not much: Having the antibody does not mean having the disease. You may be predisposed to it. Why did your doctor test for it in the first place? It all depends on what symptoms you have. A test by itself does not carry much meaning. ...Read more

Dr. James Chapman
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Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (Definition)

Lupus erythematosus is a name given to a collection of autoimmune diseases, in which the human immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues.Symptoms of these diseases can affect many different body systems, including joints, skin, kidneys, blood ...Read more


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What is the definition or description of: lupus anticoagulant antibodies?

What is the definition or description of: lupus anticoagulant antibodies?

See below: Lupus anticoagulant (la) is an immunoglobulin that binds to phospholipids and proteins associated with the cell membrane. The disease name is a misnomer. La is actually a prothrombotic agent. The presence of la antibodies precipitates the formation of thrombi. The name derives from their properties in vitro, since in lab tests la causes an increase in clotting time. ...Read more

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Living with Lupus (Tip)

Living with Lupus

Don't rely on any lab tests to tell you whether or not you have lupus. See a rheumatologist. ...See more

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Living with Lupus (Checklist)

Schedule regular clinic visits with rheumatologist & don't miss them
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Take all of your medications every day. Discuss changes with rheum doc.
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Avoid unprotected sun exposure. Wear SPF30+ and a hat everyday.
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Get plenty of rest every day -- fatigue can trigger flares
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Since lupus is not an infection you can catch by exposure what does it mean to have lupus antibodies?

Autoimmune : Having the antibodies mean you are predisposed to develop it, it does not mean you have it. Lupus is an autoimmune disease. We don't treat a number or a test, we treat your symptoms and the blood tests help us in making the diagnosis. ...Read more

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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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Living with Lupus (Tip)

Living with Lupus

Ask you doctor what your ANA is and what your lupus-specific blood tests are. Knowledge is power. ...See more

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What does it mean to be positive for lupus antibodies?

Not much: Having the antibody does not mean having the disease. You may be predisposed to it. Why did your doctor test for it in the first place? It all depends on what symptoms you have. A test by itself does not carry much meaning. ...Read more

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Since lupus is not an infection you can catch by exposure what does it mean to have lupus antibodies?

Autoimmune : Having the antibodies mean you are predisposed to develop it, it does not mean you have it. Lupus is an autoimmune disease. We don't treat a number or a test, we treat your symptoms and the blood tests help us in making the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthiritis, + lupus antibodies, what does this mean?

Rheumatoid arthiritis, + lupus antibodies, what does this mean?

RA and lupus antibod: If the arthritis looks like RA and the RA antibodies are negative , the disease usually is less erosive and less distrctive to joints and can acrue more symptoms and signs of lupus. If the rheumatoid factor or ccp are positive, that makes the disease act more like ra. ...Read more

Antibody (Definition)

An antibody is a protein the body's immune system makes to identify potentially harmful substances in the body. Antibodies attach to the substance on a molecular level and mark it so the immune ...Read more