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With a strong family history of lupus, and some symptoms arising would it be wise to be tested for it at the age of 27?

With a strong family history of lupus, and some symptoms arising would it be wise to be tested for it at the age of 27?

Yes it is wise to...: Lupus is so called the master of disguise..It can mimic so many different diseases and can cause quite a bit of disability if left untreated. It is not curable but treatable. Testing is simple and so it is wise to do so since you are reporting to have some symptoms already. It can have a negative impact on pregnancy as well..So, consult your doc..Good luck. ...Read more

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Results of lupus test positive. No family history so how is that possible?

Unknown cause: Many lupus patients do not have a strong family history of lupus. It appears lupus patients have a genetic predisposition for the disease and then something activates the gene for lupus. A virus or bacteria or something else in the environment could set the lupus off. We do not know the exact cause. ...Read more

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Can chronic eczema be a sign of lupus, especially with a family history of lupus?

No!: Eczema is not associated with lupus. In my practice I have many patients with psoriasis & eczema with positive anas.They do not have arthritis, and clearly not lupus or related disease. On the other hand, both eczema and psoriasis affect 10% of the population. With that, one would think that 10% of sle patients have these skin diseases, but though common, just by chance, but they are not related. ...Read more

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My CRP result was 10.3 and calcium was low... i have a family history of lupus could this be a positive sign of lupus for me?

My CRP result was 10.3 and calcium was low... i have a family history of lupus could this be a positive sign of lupus for me?

No: C-reactive protein is famously nonspecific and low calcium usually reflects relatively low albumin. I would not draw any conclusions. Glad you are proactive about your health. ...Read more

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Is there any connection between having a history of mononucleosis and possible development of lupus?

Is there any connection between having a history of mononucleosis and possible development of lupus?

Mononucleosis links: EBV is one of the most common human viral infections, and up to 90% of adults are seropositive for antibodies (many infections produce no symptoms). Up to 50% of children are positive by the age of 5. There is a statistical link between EBV and lymphomas, and the virus has been implicated in triggering autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis and systemic lupus. ...Read more

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Ana positive strong family history of lupus. Lupus symptoms. Could it be sarcoidosis instead of lupus.

Maybe: ANA positive diseases are related. Diagnosis is based not just on serologic testing, but also on your clinical symptoms. You should be evaluated by a rheumatologist in order to receive an accurate diagnosis and then receive the most appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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With a family history of lupus and 7 out of 11 symtoms, can you still have lupus if after 2 positive ANA and anti DNA you have a negitive result?

With a family history of lupus and 7 out of 11 symtoms, can you still have lupus if after 2 positive ANA and anti DNA you have a negitive result?

Yes: I agree with dr. Namey on this issue. I would not disregard the previously positive tests even if the current studies are negative. Have you seen a rheumatologist? ...Read more

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