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Whats included in a the lupus panel?

Whats included in a  the lupus panel?

Many serological: A typical lupus panel from a commercial lab includes an ANA anti dsdna and possibly an ena and sjögren's. Antibodies. ...Read more

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What are the indications for a lupus panel?

Connective Tissue Dx: Somethying you have symptomatically or on your labs that raises the spectre of connective tissue disease. The panel can diagnose, sle, sjogren's, scleroderma, and mixed connecrtive tissue disease. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: lupus panel?

What is the definition or description of: lupus panel?

Group of tests: A "lupus panel" is a group of blood tests used to evaluate a person for the possibility of lupus and several other autoimmune diseases. It is important to remember that no blood test is perfect, and getting to a diagnosis is usually much more complex than drawing blood and looking at a number on the results report. ...Read more

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Lupus panel results - how accurately does it tell you if you have lupus?

Lupus panel results - how accurately does it tell you if you have lupus?

Lab + Clinical: I have many patients followed for years with one or two positives on the lupus panel and no disease whatsoever. We do not know if we are having false positives or seeing very early possibility of disease, that make take years to show any features. The degree of positivity is however correlated with activity. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: systemic lupus erythematosus diagnostic panel?

What is the definition or description of: systemic lupus erythematosus diagnostic panel?

Labs for a + ANA: The antinuclear antibody test (ANA) is the initial screening test for lupus, but since it produces a lot of false positives, follow up testing for other auto antibodies is needed. The other tests in the panel are usually more specific for lupus, but less sensitive. Panels sometimes produce dubious results, so any positive test has to be taken in context. ...Read more

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How is the lupus panel more helpful than just checking ana?

How is the lupus panel more helpful than just checking ana?

Non specific: An ANA can certainly and most likely positive in lupus. However, it can be seen in many rheumatic diseases and other illnesses. Anas can be seen in normal people also. However more specific tesing can be more helpful and more specifc for lupus. They include a sm or smith antibody which is specific for lupus. A high dsdna and low c3 and c4 are again good tests for lupus. Other tests exist also. ...Read more

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I just had a bunch of blood work done, including a lupus panel and some others? Cost a fortune. Why?

I just had a bunch of blood work done, including a lupus panel and some others? Cost a fortune. Why?

Tests: Lupus test can be expensive as the ingredients for the tests have to be specially made, use ultraviolet light to read, may involve using rare chemicals to do the test and have to be tested by the fda before being released to use on people. Technicians have to be paid for as well as expensve machinery. ...Read more

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Can I have Lupus if my ANA is positive, tired is 1:320 homogeneous diffuse, but ENA panel is negative. I do have some s/s?

Can I have Lupus if my ANA is positive, tired is 1:320 homogeneous diffuse, but ENA panel is negative. I do have some s/s?

ANA 1:320: Not all autoimmune disease are totally differenciated into discrete diseases and also markers may appear over time, not initially . What was your double stranded DNA? Complement levels? Rheumatoid factor? Can get false positive ANA from RA, mono , Crohns, viral infection, thyroiditis(check TPO,), meds , silicon implants and 5% healthy. f/u w/ rheumatologist ...Read more

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What is the reason for lupus panel? Make money for somebody?

What is the reason for lupus panel? Make money for somebody?

Why so cynical?: A lupus panel consists of tests for several autoantibodies that can be seen in lupus and also in other connective tissue disorders. In the proper clinical situation, these tests provide important data to help confirm a diagnosis. ...Read more

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