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What are tests for lupus?

What are tests for lupus?

See details.: Start with an ana. If that is positive check for dna, ena, ssa and ssb antibodies. If the ANA is negative, i strongly suggest that no other tests be done. ...Read more

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What does it mean if lupus test is negative?

What does it mean if lupus test is negative?

Probably not lupus: Many people have symptoms suggestive of lupus but most turn out not to have the disease. The ANA and other blood tests are virtually always positive in patients with lupus. Negative tests mean you're not likely to have lupus. A bigger problem is false positive anas, in which case the teat is positive but the patient does not meed other diagnostic criteria to lupus. ...Read more

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What medical tests are done to diagnose lupus?

Many: Ana, double-stranded dna, smith antibody, rnp, ribosomal p, ssa, ssb, complement components.And cell bound complement activation products . These are some there are others it really depends on your evaluation and examination. ...Read more

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Can you name all the tests for diagnosing lupus?

Can you name all the tests for diagnosing lupus?

TESTS FOR LUPUS: Cbc, urine and sed rare.Following test are important to diagnose lups 1ana titer is an important test, it is positive in 97%of patients with lupus.When threeor more typical features of lupus are present like, skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, heart, blood or nervous system, positive ANA will confirm it 2anti ds dna +iin half patients 3apls antibody+in 30% 4ro/ss-a and la/ss-b in skin lupus sm antibod 30-40%. ...Read more

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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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Do you have to be in a flare to test positive for Lupus?

Lupus : There are different tests for lupus. Diagnostic tests which can be positive even if you don't have a flare. Then there are test to determine disease activity which can be abnormal during flares. Mind you that a diagnosis of lupus depends on history, clinical exam in addition to lab. Best wishes ...Read more

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What can cause a positive lupus test without having lupus?

What can cause a positive lupus test without having lupus?

Sometimes drugs: Sometimes drugs can cause a positive lupus test, but the lupus test or ANA is designed to be overly sensitive so as not to miss cases, but the drawback is it can be positive in normal people. Your doctor should be able to handle this problem. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you have a possible positive lupus test?

What does it mean if you  have a possible positive lupus test?

Positive ANA: But a positive ANA does not mean you have lupus. A good history and physical as well as confirmatory blood work by your physician or a rheumatologist is the preferred course of action. There is no one "test" to diagnose lupus. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have a possible positive lupus test?

Impossible to say: If is a positive ana, it may mean something or mean nothing. Anas are nonspecific and can be positive in numerous other diseases or even in normal people, you may want to consult a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What are levels on a lupus test suppose to be? I don't know how to read it

What are levels on a lupus test suppose to be? I don't know how to read it

Not as important: Your disease activity is far more important. ANA levels are not worth much. Anti-ds-dna test most important, followed by complement levels. ...Read more

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Can you explain if it's possible to test negative for lupus but actually have it?

Very rarely: There is a big debate if there is sle without ana. A recent major reference on sle suggested that 98% of patients are ANA positive, leaving 2% without. However, the patients still need to have typical clinical manifestations to qualify for the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have had a false positve syphills test since the age of 18 could i possibly have lupus?

Need further test: False positive RPR may suggest antibodies in the blood that is cross reacting with RPR test reagent. Common antibodies are antiphospholipid antibodies that gives false positive RPR. Lupus is diagnosed based on signs and symptoms PLUS presence of ANA antibodies in the blood. You can ask your MD to check for these antibodies by blood tests. ...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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Is there a test for systemic lupus? 

Is there a test for systemic lupus? 

Not really: The diagnosis is made based on symptoms, physical exam findings and some blood work. People frequently refer to some of the antibodies checked in lupus as "lupus tests" but just because the test is positive does not mean you have lupus. Less than 1/2 the patients i see for a "positive lupus test" end up having lupus. ...Read more

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What tests determine you have lupus sle?

What tests determine you have lupus sle?

ANA: Anti-nuclear antibody test (ANA) to determine if autoantibodies to cell nuclei are present in the blood. Anti-dna antibody test to determine if there are antibodies to the genetic material in the cell. Anti-smith antibody test to determine if there are antibodies to sm, which is a ribonucleoprotein found in the cell nucleus. ...Read more

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Is there a test for the diagnosis of Lupus ?

The full picture. : Lupus is diagnosed based on the symptoms, clinical findings and laboratory evaluation. Labs are very helpful and essential. ...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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Can I treat my lupus my self without going to the doctors.

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Not recommended: Would recommends working with your doc to make sure your symptoms are well controlled. ...Read more