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What does it mean to have a positive ANA blood test?

What does it mean to have a positive ANA blood test?

Nada without disease: If you do not have a clinical disease or symptoms then it simply means you have a positive test ( maybe 1/3 of the population has a "positive" test). If the titer is very high ( greater than 1:640) you should probably be followed to see if a disease is developing. ...Read more

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 does dual pattern on a positive ANA blood test mean ? Other blood work is fine?

What does dual pattern on a positive ANA blood test mean ? Other blood work is fine?

Depends on symptoms: ANA is a screen for lupus. The pattern was used in the past to assist in diagnosing lupus and related conditions, but we have better tests (i.e. Ena panel) that has made patterns less useful. But you cannot over interpret this test: ANA positivity, regardless of pattern, is not helpful without knowing your symptoms. Everything boils down to symptoms;; rheum md would be very helpful. ...Read more

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My blood test was positive ANA and high rnp what does that mean?

My blood test was positive ANA and high rnp what does that mean?

See below: These test results have to be interpreted in context of your symptoms and these are frequently false positives. Seeing a rheumatologist can help you better determine this. If they are a true positive, this can be seen with an autoimmune disease known as mixed connective tissue disease. ...Read more

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My teen had ANA test but now dr is saying we need a "reflex titer" blood test. What is it and does that mean ANA positive?

My teen had ANA test but now dr is saying we need a "reflex titer" blood test.  What is it and does that mean ANA positive?

Suggestive of auto-: Immune disorder. A high concentration of anti-nuclear antibody is one indicator or auto-immune disease. Titer is one expression for concentration of a particular antibody. See this site for info on ana: http://www.Nlm.Nih.Gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003535.Htm. ...Read more

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I have what is believed to be dyshidrotic eczema on my hands. About 10 years ago, i had a positive ANA blood test. Is there any connection?

I have what is believed to be dyshidrotic eczema on my hands.  About 10 years ago, i had a positive ANA blood test.  Is there any connection?

No: Ignore ana's unless they are very high titer or relate to specific concerns. Millions of people just in the us have had positive ana's that mean absolutely nothing. ...Read more

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Can Diltiazem cause a lupus titer of 1:320? I also have positive ana and homogeneous pattern. All other blood test were normal.

Ana positive: Yes it could be related to the meds, Ana us kind of too high, needs to get more specific testing to completely clear the possibility ...Read more

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If u had a early cdt lung blood test and out of six tests the mage4 was a little over cutoff and u are ANA positive 1:640 spec. Suggest cancer?

If u had a early cdt lung blood test and out of six tests the mage4 was a little over cutoff and u are ANA positive 1:640 spec. Suggest cancer?

Autoimmune: I can't say much about the earlycdt test- it is not primetime at this time. To me, the test has to go through validity and quality control first and there is no a good clinical trial that backed up this test- i won't use it at this time. If you don't know how to interprete the result-it only creates anxiety &unnecessary test.You may have autoimmune disease-especially if you have symptoms. D/w md. ...Read more

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I just got a blood test. I have High AST & ALT levels, high Bilrubin, a High CK total, and a positive ANA titer. Can you please help me identify this?

I just got a blood test. I have High AST & ALT levels, high Bilrubin, a High CK total, and a positive ANA titer. Can you please help me identify this?

You need a workup: You're a young man and if you exercise and feel well, I'm not concerned about the CK. Around 1 person in 4 has a positive ANA, usually low titer. Your liver tests will be repeated after 2 weeks off alcohol / meds if applicable; if still up, you'll be screened for hepatitis B and C, Wilson's, hemochromatosis and autoimmune hepatitis. Your body may simply be asking for exercise & better eating. ...Read more

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If the nucleosomes (nuc) is positive in the ANA profile blood test, what exactly this mean? ?

Ana pattern: ANA patterns are often not reliable in diagnosing disease in practice. Pattern detection accuracy can also vary between different labs. Ultimately whatever results of an ANA that one obtains has to be interpreted in context of the patients symptoms and history. ...Read more

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