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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 ana go 1:80 mean and a result of homogeneous?

What does a positive ana go 1:80 mean and a result of homogeneous?

Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. How old are you? Do you have any symptoms? ANA is one of the markers of autoimmune diseases like Lupus, but is not sufficient by itself to diagnose SLE. It would be prudent to talk to the doctor who ordered the test. Visit this site for info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/ana-test/basics/definition/PRC-20014566 ...Read more

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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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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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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 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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Does a Positive ANA Antibodies, IFA test mean I could have an STD? What STDs are Positive ANA test? Is an ANA Antibody test a standard test for STDs?

Antinuclear antibody: Antinuclear antibody testing is useful for someone with signs and symptoms of an autoimmune disease - anemia, arthritis, kidney disease, inflammation of the heart and lungs. It is not a test for STDs. However, a test for syphilis, the VDRL, was once used as a test for autoimmune disease! Please call your doctor to explain your ANA. Usually they are of no medical significance. ...Read more

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I have a positive ana. What does that mean?

Could mean anything: Positive ANA is a screening test. It is often done to assess for connective tissue disease but there is a high false positive rate. The titer( ie level) of the result along with the pattern can provide more accuracy but often the lab reports only "+" or "-" which is useless. If the patient has significant symptoms compatible with a connective tissue disease, then the ANA more likely to be valid. ...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 can I expect to come next? I've a positive p-anca positive c-anca and positive ana! What does this really mean?

Talk to rheum: You need to consult a rheumatologist . Even though the positive tests point to the presence of vasculitis, by themselves they have no meaning. ...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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Could a positive ANA automatically mean one would need to be on steriods?

Absolutely not: The ANA is nonspecific and can be seen in numerous diseases and often in totally normal people. By itself, it is not a reason to start any medication. It needs to be evaluated in context of the clinical symptoms. ...Read more

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In dec. 2010 i had a positive ANA 1.160 dr said it was a false positive now 2/2013 it is now 1:80 what does this mean? What do you suggest?

Maybe nothing: The major info needed is to explain why the test was ordered in the first place. Remember, the ANA is nonspecific and can be seen in normals. A titer of 1:80 is not impressive. That said, the test needs to be evaluated in context with the clinical symptoms. ...Read more

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Will a positive ANA necessairly mean lupus?

No: A positive ANA alone does not make one have lupus. Other criteria must be met to be labeled with lupus. ANA can often be false positives. ...Read more