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What does weak positive ANA mean?

What does weak positive ANA mean?

Probably nothing: Weakly positive anas usually have no significance. ...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 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 does a positive speckled negative pattern ana mean?

What does a positive speckled negative pattern ana mean?

Not much by itself: The ANA result needs to be interpreted in conjunction with your history, signs and symptoms. Speckled pattern is common. You can a positive ANA from a variety of conditions besides autoimmune disease. Discuss the results with the doctor who ordered the test. Meanwhile it's too soon to be worried about it. ...Read more

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What does a positive ANA 1:160 with speckled pattern mean?

What does a positive ANA 1:160 with speckled pattern  mean?

Not much by itself: An ANA of 1:160 is a low titter and can be seen in healthy people. The speckled pattern is commonly associated with lupus but is not enough to make a diagnosis especially when the titer is very low. Your doctor should look at all that is going on and help to determine if i is meaningful. ...Read more

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Can a positive ANA mean cancer in the blood?

Can a positive ANA mean cancer in the blood?

No: A low-titer ANA usually means nothing. A higher titer is helpful in confirming the diagnosis of several common diseases including lupus and type i autoimmune hepatitis, but is not a cancer screen. ...Read more

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What does a positive ANA screen ifa and dual ANA pattern mean?

ANA : ANA test is a screening test to diagnose auto immune diseases especially lupus. ANA stands for anti nuclear anti bodies directed against nuclear components called antigens. Ifa stands for immuno fluorescent assay .There patterns that develop based on which anti body is directed against which antigen and such patterns are called homogenous , nucleolar etc signifying different disease patterns. ...Read more

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What does a positive ANA 1:160 speckled pattern and CRP of 4.8 could mean?

Not sure: The ANA is a nonspecific test and can be seen in numerous disorders and even in normal individuals. The ANA must be evaluated in light of the clinical picture and more specific lab testing. Depending on the CRP test used, a value of 4.8 may be normal or it may be elevated. ...Read more

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Can a positive ANA mean adrenal glands are damaged or addison's disease ?

Can a positive ANA mean adrenal glands are damaged or addison's disease ?

Usually not: Most low-titer-positive ana's mean nothing, and no lab means anything except in conjunction with a real human being. Having said this, i'm glad you're thinking of addison's -- lab diagnosis is reasonably easy. ...Read more

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What does a positive ANA and vitamin d deficient mean?

What does a positive ANA and vitamin d deficient mean?

Two separate things: Positive ANA screen needs further confirmation and specific antibody testing. It may indicate an autoimmune disease like lupus. Vitamin D deficiency is common in the US and results from inadequate sun exposure and inadequate diet. It can be easily treated by taking over the counter Vit D pills/capsules. ...Read more

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