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Could I have lupus? What tests are there for a diagnosis?

Could I have lupus? What tests are there for a diagnosis?

Lupus: There are quite a few tests that we use to diagnose lupus along with a physical exam. Some of these tests are: antinuclear antibodies (ana), anti-sm, anti-dsdna, and anti-rnp. Others might be used, but these are some of the main tests. ...Read more

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Saliva (Definition)

The clear, viscous fluid secreted by the salivary and mucous glands in the mouth. Saliva contains water, mucin, organic salts, and the digestive enzyme ptyalin. It serves to moisten the oral cavity, to initiate the digestion of starches, and to aid in the chewing and swallowing of food. Approximately 1 to 1.5 l ...Read more


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What are the tests for discoid lupus?

What are the tests for discoid lupus?

Exam is best: The sores with pale center and dark rim, uneven scales / crusts are usually easy to diagnose on physical exam by a general physician; any dermatologist can make the call easily. If there is doubt, punch biopsy shows distinctive features to the pathologist that will remove any doubt; both a standard stain and a "lupus band test" may be performed. Dle is usually manageable but not curable. ...Read more

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Why do lupus tests sometimes come back negative?

Not 100 %: There re several tests for lupus ana, double stranded dna and none of these tests is 100 per cent reliable for the diagnosis of lupus. A similar situation occurs in rheumatoid arthritis where there seedless negatives as well as false positives. If there is akin involvement a skin biopsy for direct exam as well as immunoflourescence can help with diagnosis. ...Read more

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How can they test you for lupus, what kind of tests do they need to run?

See details: The ANA is the key test. Current recommendations state that if the ANA is negative, no further testing needs to be done. ...Read more

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Could a person have lupus in their blood on a test and it never becomes active?

Yes: A positive ANA alone does not increase the risk of developing lupus in the future. The ANA is very nonspecific as well as is frequently positive in normals. ...Read more

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I have Lupus. What does it mean if my absolute monocytes are Low. Test results say it is 156.

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, a monocyte count of 156 is not a cause for concern. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have lupus but come back negative on the test or is the test the only way to tell?

Yes: the test may be negative in early LUPUS and may give false POSITIVES as well... No test is 100% "foolproof" ANTI-NUCLEAR antibodies and if positive a certain TYPE of anti-nuclear response may be helpful! Hope this info helps! Dr Z ...Read more

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Is there a quick , simple test I can have at the doctors for Lupus - having a few symptoms of it over the years ?

No: A diagnosis of Lupus is made with a combination of blood tests and symptoms. There is not one simple test that will tell you for sure. ...Read more

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