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Lupus Without Positive Ana
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you be diagnosed with lupus if you have only positive ANA and symptoms? Even if DNA was negative..?
Is it possible to have positive Ana 1:80 and anti smith 13 then both negative month later? What happens? Lupus or not?
Yes, possible.: Esp they were both only minimally elevated. It can be falsely elevated with few situation one been most common is acute infection and had your blood work done around that same time. You likely don't have lupus but you can repeat again in 6 to 12 months. ...Read more
Dealing with all these symptoms of lupus with a positive Ana just not high enough to diagnose. How sick do I have to get to show in bloodwork?
Have positive ANA 1:640 and 1:80 both speckled pattern. Ena negative. Is sacroidosis more likely to be the cause even though i meet criteria for lupus?
See below: Seeing a rheumatologist would be best to sort this out as we do not your exam or other labs results. ...Read more
I have positive ANA sm, ssa (ro), ssb (la) , ro52, jo-1, sci-70, ribosomal p antibodies what are the levels for each antibody that signify lupus?
Levels not important: If the antibodies are positive, they are positive. The degree of positivity does not matter. ...Read more
I have positive ANA sm, ssa (ro), ssb (la) , ro52, jo-1, sci-70, ribosomal p antibodies what are the levels for each antibody that signify lupus ?
Level not important: If these antibodies are truly positive the degree of positivity is not that important. ...Read more
No: Lupus has certain criteria that you have to meet for diagnosis, a positive ANA screen has to be interpreted carefully, and the degree as well, many have mild positive results and are normal, disease free. Other tests would have to be performed if there is a strong suspicion of the disease, ask your doctor about, best wishes ...Read more
Positive ANA borderline low C4 and lupus symptoms over 9 months. Is this enough to make a diagnosis?
Depends: Hi, SLE has 11 criteria and for diagnosis you need 4 out of 11, read below the criteria: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0041704/ note than C3 and C4 are not part of diagnostic criteria, they just been followed to monitor response to the treatment. ...Read more
Ana positive strong family history of lupus. Lupus symptoms. Could it be sarcoidosis instead of lupus.
Maybe: ANA positive diseases are related. Diagnosis is based not just on serologic testing, but also on your clinical symptoms. You should be evaluated by a rheumatologist in order to receive an accurate diagnosis and then receive the most appropriate treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer