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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

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 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 does a positive TB test mean?

What does a positive TB test mean?

Chest X ray: It is possible to have active TB with very little symptoms especially early on. However, it is more than likely that you carry the germ for TB in a dormant form, this is called latent tb. No symptoms are expected with latent tb. ...Read more

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What does a positive romberg test indicate?

What does a positive romberg test indicate?

Imbalance: Loss of ability to percieve your center of balance. Could mean a serious health condition and needs to be evaluated. Causes can range from intoxication to vitamin deficiency to a brain tumor or stroke. ...Read more

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What does a negative ifa blood test mean?

What does a negative ifa blood test mean?

Could you please: Spell out ifa? All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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What does a reactive RPR test mean?

What does a reactive RPR test mean?

See your doctor: A reactive RPR may mean that you have an infection with the organism that causes syphilis (t. Pallidum). You may need to have additional testing to confirm. If you're infected, you will need to take medication to treat it. ...Read more

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Tested ANA positive. What exactly does this mean?

Tested ANA positive. What exactly does this mean?

Not much alone: A positive antinuclear antibody test can be found in normal people or diseases, and as such doesn't mean much by itself. You need a thorough history and physical exam and tests if indicated to know what this means. ...Read more

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What does a positive rheumatoid factor test result mean?

What does a positive rheumatoid factor test result mean?

Auto-immune response: Rheumatoid factor is one of the auto-immune responses, however, it may also develop as a some what normal respose to infection. Any lab test needs to be evaluated in the context of the whole clinical picture and a positive rheumatoid factor, by itself, is not diagnostic of any disease. It supports a diagnosis rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune disorders. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a positive ANA blood test?

What does it mean to have a positive ANA blood test?

Nada without disease: If you do not have a clinical disease or symptoms then it simply means you have a positive test ( maybe 1/3 of the population has a "positive" test). If the titer is very high ( greater than 1:640) you should probably be followed to see if a disease is developing. ...Read more

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What does a high positive ANA ifa test and negative choice antibody test mean?

What does a high positive ANA ifa test and negative choice antibody test mean?

See details: I have never heard of a choice antibody test. I positive ANA must be evaluated in the context of the clinical picture. It is a screening test for lupus but can be positive in numerous other diseases and often in people without any disease. ...Read more

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What could a positive anca test indicate?

What could a positive anca test indicate?

? Vasculitis: An anca test is often used to screen for possible systemic vasculitis. The panca (mpo antibody) is also present in other unrelated disorders such as bowel disease. The canca is frequently associated with wegener's granulomatosis. These days, vasulitis is generally classified as either anca positive or anca negative. ...Read more

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What does it mean if lupus test is negative?

What does it mean if lupus test is negative?

Probably not lupus: Many people have symptoms suggestive of lupus but most turn out not to have the disease. The ANA and other blood tests are virtually always positive in patients with lupus. Negative tests mean you're not likely to have lupus. A bigger problem is false positive anas, in which case the teat is positive but the patient does not meed other diagnostic criteria to lupus. ...Read more

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What does a weakly reactive syphilis test result mean? Does that mean I have syphilis?

What does a weakly reactive syphilis test result mean? Does that mean I have syphilis?

Only a screening tst: Hi Jessica, A weakly reactive syphilis test or RPR test is a screening test. Syphilis and other things can cause this test to be positive. The definitive test is the FTA, or Flourescent Treponemal Antibody test. This is specific for Syphilis and if this is positive then you have the disease. ...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 low positive chlamydia test result mean?

"low" positive?: I've never heard that test reported as "low". It's either positive or negative. If it's positive, you'll need treatment for chlamydia and so will your partner. ...Read more

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What does a faint positive sign mean on a pregnancy test?

What does a faint positive sign mean on a pregnancy test?

It is positive.: Faint just means the HCG or pregnancy hormone is low but detectable. It typically indicates early pregnancy and would be normal if you have just missed your period;but see your doctor to be certain there is not an abnormality such as an ectopic pregnancy. ...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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What is the Ana antibody blood test and what does a positive result signify?

What is the Ana antibody blood test and what does a positive result signify?

Autoantibody: This is a nonspecific antibody test against your own tissue but by itself it does not diagnose any disease condition although it may point to a higher risk in developing an autoimmune disease now or in the future. The higher the titer,the more likely the risk. ...Read more

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What does the herpes antibody test mean if someone is pos.

What does the herpes antibody test mean if someone is pos.

Virus in the body: If the antibody for HSV (1 or 2) is positive, it means the person was infected with the virus and the virus is in the persons nerves forever, even if there are no outward signs of an infection. The person can pass the virus to her/his contacts even if there is no sore or rash. ...Read more

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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?

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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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?

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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I have a positive Ana test at 1:16 homogenous. Lots of symptoms with numbness/fatigue. I don't understand what the result means can someone help?

Autoimmunity : a rheumatologist can help evaluate you for other conditions that fall into autoimmune diseases or connective tissue disorders. There are so many possibilities and it sounds like your having a direct effect from your condition. It may stay mild or become part of something much more severe. ...Read more

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A positive ANA test 1;320 titer, with a speckled pattern... Does it mean I have an autoimmune disease...

A positive ANA test 1;320 titer, with a speckled pattern... Does it mean I have an autoimmune disease...

Not necessarily: The ANA is a screening test for lupus but is not specific. It can be positive in numerous other diseases and in normal people. It has to be evaluated in the context of the clinical picture and the results of other autoantibody tests. ...Read more

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I had a positive ANA test and a positive double strand DNA test at 66. What could this mean? Thanks for any help you can give me. The doctor gave me a

Need more info: Why was the test done? Do you have any symptoms? 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. Talk to the doctor who ordered the tests. Having said that, ANA is often done for autoimmune diseases. You may visit this site for info on this topic: https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Antinuclear-Antibodies-ANA ...Read more

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I had a positive Ana test 1:640 (homogenous) 7 years after thryroidectomy due to graves. I'm undergoing ivf- how will this effect me & what it means?

It may: Your ANA is positive at high enough titer to warrant further investigation. Having had Graves you are more susceptible to auto-immune disorders. Make sure your fertility doctor knows about lab findings. ...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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What does it mean to have a positive ANA blood test?

Nada without disease: If you do not have a clinical disease or symptoms then it simply means you have a positive test ( maybe 1/3 of the population has a "positive" test). If the titer is very high ( greater than 1:640) you should probably be followed to see if a disease is developing. ...Read more

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What does dual pattern on a positive ANA blood test mean ? Other blood work is fine?

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What does dual pattern on a positive ANA blood test mean ? Other blood work is fine?

Depends on symptoms: ANA is a screen for lupus. The pattern was used in the past to assist in diagnosing lupus and related conditions, but we have better tests (i.e. Ena panel) that has made patterns less useful. But you cannot over interpret this test: ANA positivity, regardless of pattern, is not helpful without knowing your symptoms. Everything boils down to symptoms;; rheum md would be very helpful. ...Read more

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I had a positive ANA and jo-1 test what does that mean? I was being seen for numbness and tingeling in both legs and feet and weakness in both?.

I had a positive ANA and jo-1 test what does that mean? I was being seen for numbness and tingeling in both legs and feet and weakness in both?.

Possible muscle dz: These tests are seen in idiopathic inflammatory myopathies including dermatomyositis and poly myosotis. The tests are not specific. It requires other testing to determine if you actually have this type or rare disease. You should see a rheumatologist for an evaluation especially if you have an elevated CPK blood test. ...Read more

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Hi, I have been suffering of dizziness and headaches, and joint pains. I just had blood tests and I have a positive ANA. what does it mean?

Not diagnostic: A positive ANA suggests that you may be more prone to develop an autoimmune disease but many people with positive ANA do not have any autoimmune problem. You will need more definitive tests and exam to find out if you do have an autoimmune problem-> your symptoms. A rheumatology consult is recommended. ...Read more

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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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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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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

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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 prolonged elevated levels of prolactin lead to a positive ANA test?

No: Prolactin is a hormone produced by your pituitary gland that is involved in milk production. Certain drugs, pituitary tumors, breast stimulation and food may increase the levels. ANA is an antibody test associated with a disease called lupus. ...Read more