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What are the causes of a positive ANA test result?

What are the causes of a positive ANA test result?

Many: ANA can be positive in many diseases and in many apparently healthy people. By itself, it does not mean much other than pointing to a higher but not certain risk for an individual to develop an autoimmune disease. ...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 can cause false positives on a ANA test im just concerned and don't want a false positive?

See below: They can occur for a variety reasons such as having a current or chronic infection. However; anas can have positive results and these can occur due to the type of the assay that was performed and can vary from different laboratories. It is is up to your rheumatologist to determine whether or not it is a false positive. ...Read more

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Can syphilis cause a positive ANA test?

No: However lupus can cause the screening test for syphilis (the rpr) to be falsely positive. ...Read more

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Would a negative ANA rule out lymphoma? Does lymphoma cause a positive ANA test result?

It does not: At your age, if you have lymphoma it's probably Hodgkin's. ANA really has nothing to do with malignant lymphoma. If you're worried about big lymph nodest, trust me -- lymphoma nodes are obviously very abnormal. Best wishes, and I hope you'll always stay actively involved with your health. ...Read more

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Tomorrow, I have to do another ANA test, will me taking plaquinil cause a false positive ana?

No: Wondering why you are taking a medication often prescribed for lupus if you don't list either lupus or another reason for the medicine. Anti-nuclear antibody tests aren't reported as "positive" or "negative" but as a titer. They remain an important screening test for lupus. ...Read more

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What would cause platelet count in sept 797 and new count in march of 324? Ana positive test

What would cause platelet count in sept 797 and new count in march of 324? Ana positive test

Platelets: Platelets tend to be an acute phase reactant that can become very elevated during an acute infection or an acute flare of the lupus. When the inflammatory process is under better control, the platelets will return to a normal level. This is very common. ...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 you have fibromoalga would that cause weak positive ANA test or MS nothing elsa comes up on tests but have ache joints on amtriptaline for pain?

Comments: Fibromyalgia does not affect ANA, and many normals have low titer tests. Perplexed why you are using amitryptyline, as no good evidence of value in fibromyalgia. Better drugs include gabapentin, Lyrica, Cymbalta, Savella (milnacipran). Does not sound like you have MS. ...Read more

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What could cause these symptoms: numb right arm, lump in arm crease painful, dizziness, headache left side, dehydration, and an ANA positive test?

What could cause these symptoms: numb right arm, lump in arm crease painful, dizziness, headache left side, dehydration, and an ANA positive test?

Numbness/lump: May be autoimmune, lupus, may be castleman's disease (LN in axilla), may be temporal arteritis, (headache left side), sarcoid, MS, cat scratch fever, lyme. Check thyroid, lyme titer, check for cat scratch fever, sed rae, CRP, MRI head and if needed LN biopsy, CXR, f/u with rheumatologist ...Read more

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Positive ANA and high creatine in blood tests. Chest pain and flutter and skin rash on chest. Are these related? What could cause these?

Positive ANA and high creatine in blood tests. Chest pain and flutter and skin rash on chest. Are these related? What could cause these?

Could be LUPUS,,: These signs could all point to sle or systemic lupus erythematosus. Your creatinine can mean renal involvement, and the rash, although sle has the malar or "butterfly" rash on the face, not the chest, and heart involvement is inflammation, like carditis, more than rhythm changes, but no two cases are alike. This is seen more in women. It can also be lyme disease. See your dr. For more tests. ...Read more

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I am confused I go to a top rheumatologist in miami as I have a low but positive ANA negative ENA I believe I have raynauds dark tips but dr saw and said not triphasic and my nailfold test was perfect. If I hold finger tightly to cause lack of circulati

Not rheumatologic: Sounds like you do not meet the criteria for rheumatologic disease. Low titer positive ANA is very common in the general population. Reynauds is also common in the general population. ...Read more

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A positive ANA test, vitamin d deficient, anemia, body aches, and high sed rate. Could all of these symptoms be caused from celiac?

A positive ANA test, vitamin d deficient, anemia, body aches, and high sed rate. Could all of these symptoms be caused from celiac?

No: Celiac disease can cause vitamin d deficiency and anemia, but it's not associated with a positive ANA test. Most patients with celiac have a normal sed rate. Vitamin d deficiency is often associated with myalgia. Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease, and having one autoimmune disease increases your chances of having another one, such as lupus, which can explain your posiitve ANA and body aches. ...Read more

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What causes a positive ana?

What causes a positive ana?

Autoimmune disease: ANA (anti-nuclear antibody) is a blood test used by doctors that indicates the presence of an autoimmune condition in which the body's immune system is predisposed to recognize normal things in your body as foreign invaders that need to be attacked. The results are not specific for any particular disease if positive, but are a preliminary test, after which a range of possibilities are considered. ...Read more

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What causes positive ANA results?

What causes positive ANA results?

Possibly normal: Up to 5% of healthy people may have a low titer ana. Lupus and other autoimmune diseases and sarcoidosis are possiblities. Diagnosis is on the basis of associated findings, not the ANA by itself. ...Read more

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What does a positive ANA test mean?

What does a positive ANA test mean?

Antibodies vs nuclei: The titer (how much antibody power is present) is important -- 1:40 seldom means much, 1:320 would worry most folks -- as does the pattern, but like all lab tests, its meaning comes from the setting. Typically a screen for lupus and related diseases, many older folks who are healthy run a low titer. ...Read more

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What does a positive ANA test mean?

What does a positive ANA test mean?

Antibodies vs nuclei: The titer (how much antibody power is present) is important -- 1:40 seldom means much, 1:320 would worry most folks -- as does the pattern, but like all lab tests, its meaning comes from the setting. Typically a screen for lupus and related diseases, many older folks who are healthy run a low titer. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if positive ANA test, what does this mean?

Many reasons: Although the + ANA is a screening test for lupus erythematosus. But most people with a + ANA do not have lupus. We see it in a lot of conditions including, thyroid disease, allergic conditions, liver disease, other connective tissue etc. Your physicians can have you see a rheumatologist to clarify why you have a + ANA and whether you have lupus or another connective tissue disea ...Read more

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Positive Ana 1:40 homogenous and speckled mixed pattern. What could cause this?

Autoimmune disorder: Lupus or other autoimmune disorder a possibility. Those titre numbers (1:40) are not extremely elevated so it may also be a normal variant. Also other connective tissue disorders possible: polymyositis, rheumatoid, sjogren's, etc. You probably need additional blood work and to possibly see a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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2 positive ANA titres 1:160 speckled. All manual diff tests neg. Is this something to worry about?

Possibly: The ANA is not very specific. It can be possible in numerous diseases including viral diseases. It can also be positive in individuals without any disease. The ANA needs to be interpreted in the clinical setting to be properly evaluated. ...Read more

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I have a positive ANA test but it reads as 6? I'm used to seeing them as 1:40, 1:80 etc... What does 6 mean?

Possibly nothing: This is certainly non-standard reporting. It suggests that on cannot have confidence in the reporting laboratory and the test should be repeated elsewhere. ...Read more

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I recently got a positive ANA test 1:80 homogenous with no other symptoms. What does this mean? 32 yrs old healthy.

Positive ana: 1:80- not that high. Worry if > 1:160.Ana tests for autoimmune disease. In recent study ~13% of well blood donors had + ana with no symptoms, of those, 72% did not develop any issues with ~ 4 years of follow up. Sometimes other conditions like thyroiditis, mono, chronic disease, multiple sclerosis can cause positive ana as can meds :INH, hydralazine, procainamide remicade (infliximab). FU with rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What does t means a positive ANA test and ifa?

What does t means a positive ANA test and ifa?

Only a test and: Only a test and that result suggests that it is not the standard assay. If there are general body symptoms, then a rheumatologist would be helpful. ...Read more

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What about leukocytosis and positive ANA test?

Autoimmunity?: Positive ANA indicates that there are presence antibodies against components of nucleus of your own cells. Our body is not supposed to make antibodies against our cells. Something happens, which leads antibodies being produced against cells of different organs such as thyroid glands and pancreas. Leukocytosis is the state of increased white cell count indicating some inflammation. ...Read more