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I'm ana-positive; could I have lupus without any symptoms?

I'm ana-positive; could I have lupus without any symptoms?

See a Rheumatologist: This really needs to be discussed with a rheumatologist who can take a complete history and do a physical exam. In addition he or she will need to do additional laboratory tests before making the diagnosis of lupus or ruling it out. ...Read more

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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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Many people say positive ANA means nothing as many people without lupus can have that. Why is it done to screen for lupus then- if it means nothing?

Many people say positive ANA means nothing as many people without lupus can have that. Why is it done to screen for lupus then- if it means nothing?

Titer: If ANA is detected only in serum diluted to about 40 fold, it does not mean a whole lot. However, if it still present after the serum has been diluted 160 fold, it does mean auto-immune response. In other words, the strength of ANA matters. Visit this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/ana-test/basics/definition/PRC-20014566 ...Read more

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Ana test results question - how many people have ANA positive but don't ever get lupus?

Age and gender: Positive ANA test is commoner in older people and women. Up to 25% of the people may have positive ANA test at some time or the other. Only 0.1-0.15% of the population has systemic lupus. ...Read more

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Will a positive ANA necessairly mean lupus?

No: A positive ANA alone does not make one have lupus. Other criteria must be met to be labeled with lupus. ANA can often be false positives. ...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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Can you be diagnosed with lupus with positive ana, a lot of symptoms for lupus, but negative dsdna?

Can you be diagnosed with lupus with positive ana, a lot of symptoms for lupus, but negative dsdna?

Yes: Though the dsdna is helpful in assessing severity of lupus in some patients, it is not a requirement to have dsdna to be diagnosed with lupus. In fact, laboratory tests help confirm a suspected diagnosis of lupus but lab tests never make or disprove the diagnosis by themselves. ...Read more

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Can you be diagnosed with lupus if you have only positive ANA and symptoms? Even if DNA was negative..?

Can you be diagnosed with lupus if you have only positive ANA and symptoms? Even if DNA was negative..?

Yes: You may have lupus in the absence of a positive anti DNA antibody test. Among other possibilities you may suffer from seronegative lupus. In time the test may become positive. ...Read more

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I have had multiple positive ANA and they do the next step tests to check for lupus and it comes back negative. Why do they keep checking my ana?

I don't know: Imo, there is no need to constantly repeat an ana. It is a waste of time and money. Positive is positive and constantly repeating it will not change that. ...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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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