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Whats included in a the lupus panel?

Whats included in a  the lupus panel?

Many serological: A typical lupus panel from a commercial lab includes an ANA anti dsdna and possibly an ena and sjögren's. Antibodies. ...Read more

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What are the indications for a lupus panel?

Connective Tissue Dx: Somethying you have symptomatically or on your labs that raises the spectre of connective tissue disease. The panel can diagnose, sle, sjogren's, scleroderma, and mixed connecrtive tissue disease. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lupus panel?

What is the definition or description of: lupus panel?

Group of tests: A "lupus panel" is a group of blood tests used to evaluate a person for the possibility of lupus and several other autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that no blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood and looking at a number on the results report. ...Read more

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Lupus panel results - how accurately does it tell you if you have lupus?

Lupus panel results - how accurately does it tell you if you have lupus?

Lab + Clinical: I have many patients followed for years with one or two positives on the lupus panel and no disease whatsoever. We do not know if we are having false positives or seeing very early possibility of disease, that make take years to show any features. The degree of positivity is however correlated with activity. ...Read more

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How is the lupus panel more helpful than just checking ana?

How is the lupus panel more helpful than just checking ana?

Non specific: An ANA can certainly and most likely positive in lupus. However, it can be seen in many rheumatic diseases and other illnesses. Anas can be seen in normal people also. However more specific tesing can be more helpful and more specifc for lupus. They include a sm or smith antibody which is specific for lupus. A high dsdna and low c3 and c4 are again good tests for lupus. Other tests exist also. ...Read more

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I just had a bunch of blood work done, including a lupus panel and some others? Cost a fortune. Why?

I just had a bunch of blood work done, including a lupus panel and some others? Cost a fortune. Why?

Tests: Lupus test can be expensive as the ingredients for the tests have to be specially made, use ultraviolet light to read, may involve using rare chemicals to do the test and have to be tested by the fda before being released to use on people. Technicians have to be paid for as well as expensve machinery. ...Read more

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What is the reason for lupus panel? Make money for somebody?

What is the reason for lupus panel? Make money for somebody?

Why so cynical?: A lupus panel consists of tests for several autoantibodies that can be seen in lupus and also in other connective tissue disorders. In the proper clinical situation, these tests provide important data to help confirm a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Could a positive ANA speckled 1:640 be from upper middle back pain? Lupus panel negative

Could a positive ANA speckled 1:640 be from upper middle back pain? Lupus panel negative

Unlikely: In young people, the most common cause of this type of pain is muscular strain. Very rarely pain in this area can be referred from an organ in the chest. If the lining if the lungs or heart are inflamed, occasionally you can get mid back pain. In lupus, this type of inflammation can occur. However, the ANA test is sensitive: many people have it but only a few have a disease associated with it. ...Read more

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Could fibromalagia cause ANA positive? 1:640 speckled and sed rate elevated? Lupus panel negative

NO: The ANA is there because of some other reason. Because it's there does not mean you have lupus. There are many other reasons to have a positive ana. Your evaluation by your physician can clarify. ...Read more