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Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more


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I had the standard blood tests for autoimmune diseases (no symptoms) all the tests came back normal except ANA of pos 1.4. Should i be concerned?

I had the standard blood tests for autoimmune diseases (no symptoms)  all the tests came back normal except ANA of pos 1.4.  Should i be concerned?

See below: Close to 30% of patients will have positive ana. If you did not have symptoms of autoimmune disease, it is not clear to me why this was performed. Odds are in your favor that you probably have nothing to worry about with you currently reporting no symptoms. ...Read more

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If ANA and other blood tests for autoimmune diseases came negative, how do I know I do have one like autoimmune suppressor as doctor say?

Ask your doctor: Hashimoto's thyroidits is an autoimmune disease where there are antibodies to the thyroid gland. Other antibodies such as ANA may develop along with the thyroid antibodies, but only in some patients.Autoimmune suppressor - you may have misunderstood your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there kinds of different tests for different autoimmune diseases?

Are there kinds of different tests for different autoimmune diseases?

Yes: And the variety and complexity of these tests is increasing rapidly as we learn more about the immune system. ...Read more

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How are ANA blood tests related to autoimmune disease?

How are ANA blood tests related to autoimmune disease?

One marker: Anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) are one marker of auto-immune disease. There are sub-types of ANA that have specificity for different diseases. The antibodies may not be the casue of disease, but a marker of the disorder. ...Read more

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What type of doctor specializes in hypothyroidism and tests for other autoimmune diseases?

What type of doctor specializes in hypothyroidism and tests for other autoimmune diseases?

Endocrinologist: Endocrinologist and they are capable to order the test necessary to make the correct diagnosis including the test for autoimmune diseases. ...Read more

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I've had pain in my joints, I got blood tests related to autoimmune diseases I got a positive ANA and anti-rnp, is this found in rheumatoid arthritis?

I've had pain in my joints, I got blood tests related to autoimmune diseases I got a positive ANA and anti-rnp, is this found in rheumatoid arthritis?

Possible: You should ask your rheumatologist. ANA and anti-RNP are seeing in mixed connective tissue disease and can overlap with rheumatoid arthritis but more information is needed, talk to your rheumatologist about them. RA by itself usually have other 2 antibodies positive called RF ( rheumatoid factor) and anti-CCP ( citrullinated peptides). ...Read more

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What are the specific blood and urine tests used to establish autoimmune diseases?

What are the specific blood and urine tests used to establish autoimmune diseases?

Many tests: There are a multitude of lab tests to detect autoimmune disorders and they can be quite confusing. A rheumatologist will order the specific tests based on his evaluation of the individual patient's signs and symptoms. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more