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What is the definition or description of: ANA ifa screen?

What is the definition or description of: ANA ifa screen?

A lab test.: Anti-nuclear antibodies (anas) are autoantibodies directed against certain parts of a cell nucleus. Anas are present in increased amounts in a variety of autoimmune diseases. An ANA test measures the pattern and amount of these autoantibodies that can attack the body's tissues as if they were foreign. An indirect fluorescent antibody (ifa) test is one that uses two antibodies for detection. ...Read more

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Ana Ifa Screen (Definition)

Anti-nuclear antibodies (anas) are autoantibodies directed against certain parts of a cell nucleus. Anas are present in increased amounts in a variety of autoimmune diseases. An ANA test measures the pattern and amount of these autoantibodies that can attack the body's tissues as if they were foreign. An indirect fluorescent antibody (ifa) test is one that uses ...Read more


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Positive ANA IFA screen with reflex is it contagious?

Antibodies: A positive ANA means antibodies which can react with your body's cells. They can form after an infection, but do not indicate anything about the infection which is usually long since gone. There are many, many people whose ANA is positive and very, very few who have actual autoimmune disease. The question to ask is: for what symptoms was the ANA ordered? ...Read more

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How about Ana screen positive, Ana titer (ifa) 1:80 Hi, and pattern speckled?

How about it?: Up to a quarter of women your age have an ANA (immunofluorescent antibody) at a low titer like yours with a speckled pattern. If there's a question of whether you have lupus or one of its relatives, it's a piece of information to note and file for future reference. A negative ANA would rule several things out. Your result proves nothing positive. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What does titer with 180H with ANA IFA positive and homogeneous pattern mean?

ANA explanation: ANA are antinuclear antibodies which are seen in Systemic Lupus and some other disorders. Titer means how many dilutions in the test are still positive. The higher the number the more significant the test is clinically. 1:10-1:40 is low; 1 :80-1:320 is modest;1:680 and higher is high and very significant. Homogeneous is the most non-specific pattern seen even in drug-induced SLE.See your above. ...Read more

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Ana titer with reflex to ifa of 1:320 and neg for antibody tests what does that mean? Pattern was speckled and homogeneos

Ana titer with reflex to ifa of 1:320 and neg for antibody tests what does that mean? Pattern was speckled and homogeneos

See details: You have a positive ANA which is a screening test for lupus. However, it is positive in numerous other diseases and even in normal people. See a rheumatologist to determine what it means. ...Read more

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Ana screen positive, ANA titer 320, rash very often on face, nucleolar pattern. Any significance?

Yes: The pattern is not important but a facial rash and a positive ANA suggest the possibility of some form of lupus. ...Read more

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Rashes on neck(not butterfly) gone after use of steroid cream( 5 days), ANA IFA positive, Pattern :Homogeneous, Titer : 1:80h, should I be worried?

Rashes on neck(not butterfly) gone after use of steroid cream( 5 days), ANA IFA positive, Pattern :Homogeneous, Titer : 1:80h, should I be worried?

No: A titer of 1:80 is borderline at best and is likely unrelated. However, if the rash is recurrent see a dermatologist and have it biopsied. Then you will know for certain. ...Read more

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I TOOK SOME LABS ANA SCREEN "YOUR VALUE" SAYS SEE TITER, HEX LUPUS ANTICOAGULANT IS 6 (NEGATIVE), SED RATE 3 AND ANA QUANT IS 320. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Upload onto HT Prime: Rather than getting into hypotheticals in this forum (that's lmtd to 400 characters), you're best off starting a consult in HealthTap Prime. If you've obtained a computer copy of the lab results, as you'll be able to upload it in HealthTap Prime using the paperclip icon. You'll also get a doctor to go over it with you LIVE. You can ask questions & get responses in real time. It'll give best answer ...Read more

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Hx of seronegative RA yet recent labs show high crp/esr, absolute neutrophils and ANA by IFA but w/ no titer. What could that mean without a titer?

See below: 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. Having said that, your lab results suggest active on-going inflammation. The titer of ANA is not particularly relevant.
Wish you good health. ...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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Ana screen, ifa positive a (negative) means?

Nothing by itself: One person in four tests positive. The vast majority of these people have no problems. The clinical picture is key, and how high the titer is may be helpful. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the anachoice screen and the ANA screen, ifa? The first one came back positve, but the second came back negative.

IFA better: For a screen the ifa is much better. It is the gold standard. The ANA choice is not a screening test and should not be offered as a screening test. Your question is somewhat counter intuitive. The ifa is a better test and if choice is positive - it can be subseted into 12 antigens and the lab can tell you. I would follow your test results with ANA subsets per your rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the anachoice screen and the ANA screen, ifa? The first one came back positve, but the second came back negative.

What is the difference between the anachoice screen and the ANA screen, ifa? The first one came back positve, but the second came back negative.

Diff. lab techniques: Different labs have different ANA tests, which is a test for antibodies a person makes that attach to his own body's tissues, that end up causing auto-immune disease. Modern tests use "reflex" or "cascade" techniques, meaning one test is done first, and then if positive, another test is done, and then if positive again, a third test is done. Tests have various "positive" ranges (gets complicated). ...Read more

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C reactive protein 0.81h Ana screen, IFA positive Ana pattern homogeneous Ana titter 1:80H What's wrong with me ?

Maybe nothing: C reactive protein is famously insensitive and nonspecific. Many young women have an ANA titer like yours. The diagnosis, if one is to be made, will be on history and physical exam. ...Read more

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I have a lab result of positive ANA screen, ifa. Ana pattern is speckled and ANA tilter is 104H. Is this of concern. Have fingers and toes draw up.

I have a lab result of positive ANA screen, ifa.  Ana pattern is speckled and ANA tilter is 104H. Is this of concern.  Have fingers and toes draw up.

Big picture: About one grown woman in four has detectable antinuclear antibodies. They are only on part of the workup for your back pain / fatigue. For most people, they are of no consequence. They are of course the basic screening test for lupus and for a few other illnesses, but you're not a lupus patient yet. Best wishes -- stay proactive and keep asking these good questions. ...Read more

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Lupus? Ana titers are 1:320 and have not changed for 4 years. Ana screen is positive and speckled. I have low iron stores and mchc.

See details: An ANA is nonspecific and once positive it usually remains positive. Its importance must be evaluated in the context of the entire clinical picture. In the context of the symptoms you listed, lupus would be unlikely. ...Read more

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Do I have lupus? Ana screen came back as positive/abnormal. Ana titers are 1:320. Dna test came back as normal. My mchc is low and so are my iron stor

Do I have lupus? Ana screen came back as positive/abnormal. Ana titers are 1:320. Dna test came back as normal. My mchc is low and so are my iron stor

Connective tissue dz: This finding show that you have some kind of connective tissue disease and could be lupus. But you should discuss with your pcp and make further plan for treatment. ...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