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Positive Ana 1:40 homogenous and speckled mixed pattern. What could cause this?

Positive Ana 1:40  homogenous and speckled mixed pattern. What could cause this?

Autoimmune disorder: Lupus or other autoimmune disorder a possibility. Those titre numbers (1:40) are not extremely elevated so it may also be a normal variant. Also other connective tissue disorders possible: polymyositis, rheumatoid, sjogren's, etc. You probably need additional blood work and to possibly see a rheumatologist. ...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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What causes positive ANA results?

Too many to list: There are too many possible causes to list in this space. It can be positive in autoimmune diseases, infections, rarely in malignancies and sometimes in normal persons. ...Read more

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Is a positive ANA of 1/320 high?

Is a positive ANA of 1/320 high?

Yes.: This is relatively high as it had to be diluted by 320 times. So this means it was very concentrated. Labs vary on what their cutoff for positive ANA is, but in all likelihood, this would be considered positive or high. It might not mean anything though, as even healthy, unaffected people can have a positive result as can those with viral infections, medicated, and with cancer can have it. ...Read more

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What does a positive ANA test mean?

What does a positive ANA test mean?

Antibodies vs nuclei: The titer (how much antibody power is present) is important -- 1:40 seldom means much, 1:320 would worry most folks -- as does the pattern, but like all lab tests, its meaning comes from the setting. Typically a screen for lupus and related diseases, many older folks who are healthy run a low titer. ...Read more

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I recently got a positive ANA test 1:80 homogenous with no other symptoms. What does this mean? 32 yrs old healthy.

Positive ana: 1:80- not that high. Worry if > 1:160.Ana tests for autoimmune disease. In recent study ~13% of well blood donors had + ana with no symptoms, of those, 72% did not develop any issues with ~ 4 years of follow up. Sometimes other conditions like thyroiditis, mono, chronic disease,multiple sclerosis can cause positive ana as can meds :INH,hydralazine,procainamide remicade. FU with rheumatologist. ...Read more

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I have a positive ANA test but it reads as 6? I'm used to seeing them as 1:40, 1:80 etc... What does 6 mean?

Possibly nothing: This is certainly non-standard reporting. It suggests that on cannot have confidence in the reporting laboratory and the test should be repeated elsewhere. ...Read more

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2 positive ANA titres 1:160 speckled. All manual diff tests neg. Is this something to worry about?

May be non-specific?: ANA is test for antibodies directed against nuclear antigens. A positive test screens for autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus. There are four patterns: homogenous, nucleolar, peripheral, and speckled. Low titers less than 1:160 is likely a non-specific response. The clinical importance of this is to be decided in the light of other findings, and a follow-up test for direction. ...Read more

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Ana positive 1.80 speckled, what does that mean?

Ana positive 1.80 speckled, what does that mean?

Often nothing: The ANA is not very specific. It can be positive in numerous diseases including viral diseases. It can also be positive in individuals without any disease. The ANA needs to be interpreted in the clinical setting to be properly evaluated. An ANA of only 1:80 is borderline at most. ...Read more

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What is ANA positive means?

What is ANA  positive means?

Family practice : ANA , antinuclear antibody, testing is ordered to help detect auto immune disorders. It is a screening test and if positive prompts you to go further to detect causes. Lupus for one but there are others. ...Read more

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What does a positive ANA test mean?

What does a positive ANA test mean?

Antibodies vs nuclei: The titer (how much antibody power is present) is important -- 1:40 seldom means much, 1:320 would worry most folks -- as does the pattern, but like all lab tests, its meaning comes from the setting. Typically a screen for lupus and related diseases, many older folks who are healthy run a low titer. ...Read more