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Would having mono 5 years ago cause a blood test to show possibility of autoimmune liver disease today?

Would having mono 5 years ago cause a blood test to show possibility of autoimmune liver disease today?

No: In fact, if you have labs suggesting autoimmune hepatitis, i would be very concerned and would be hammering away at my doctor for all the information i could get. It is possible that an old hepatitis (infectious mono, hepatitis a) may trigger autoimmune hepatitis -- the jury's out on this, but it's moot. Please comply with your diagnosis and if needed treatment, and enjoy a long healthy life. ...Read more

Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more


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Would an ANA blood test be positive in someone with sarcoid since it is an autoimmune disorder?

Would an ANA blood test be positive in someone with sarcoid since it is an autoimmune disorder?

ANA not in sarcoid: ANA, or anti-nuclear antibody, is a sensitive and specific test for systemic lupus erythematosus only at high titer >1:320. A low titer positive ANA, such as 1:40 may be detected in up to 1 in 10 HEALTHY women. Sarcoidosis is a disease of hyperactive immune cells BUT it is not characterized by specific antibodies like ANA. Someone with sarcoid would not be expected to have a high-titer ANA. ...Read more

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What is ESR blood test? If the ESR value is low, is that mean im totally healthy and do not have any infections or autoimmune disease?

What is ESR blood test? If the ESR value is low, is that mean im totally healthy and do not have any infections or autoimmune disease?

ESR: Esr is erythrocyte a sedimentation rate. It is an inflammatory marker and indicates degree or level of inflammation and used as a guide for inflammation in diagnosis and follow up for response to treatment . It is a non specific marker and is elevated in inflammatory , infectious, auto immune and other disorders . Esr is always evaluated in conjunction with one's symptoms , signs and disease. ...Read more

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Do you think if you have any kind of autoimmune disease? Like lupus or anything? Or would it have sawn in blood test. If blood result is normal.

See details: There are literally scores of autoimmune diseases. Some can be diagnosed with the help of lab tests and some cannot. Lupus can be present even if all autoantibody testing is negative. However, this is a rare occurrence. ...Read more

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How can I ask my dr to do blood test for inflammation/autoimmune disease?return of same smptms that made her suspect MS 2yrsago.Neuro said not likely

Yes: You can always ask and if the doctor feels that your request is justified, there is no reason why he should not order them. If an autoimmune disease is suspected, a rheumatology consult may be a better bet. ...Read more

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My girlfriend has too high allergy values in her blood test, can this thing related to a chronic infection or autoimmune disease like ms?

My girlfriend has too high allergy values in her blood test, can this thing related to a chronic infection or autoimmune disease like ms?

Not that way: Does she have ms? She could also possess seasonal allergies. Both should be treated. However, presence of ms does not cause various allergic reactions in blood tests. ...Read more

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Should a typical blood test for autoimmune diseases detect thyroid graves disease?

Should a typical blood test for autoimmune diseases detect thyroid graves disease?

Not necessarily: A tsh-receptor antibody would be the more appropriate blood test to test for graves disease. ...Read more

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Seen rheumatologist coz of dry eyes n multiple joint pain. Doc said I have no autoimmune disease without doing any blood test. How can he be so sure?

Seen rheumatologist coz of dry eyes n multiple joint pain. Doc said I have no autoimmune disease without doing any blood test. How can he be so sure?

Sjogren's?: You need to see a rheumatologist to sort out your problem. Off hand, I think the presence of dry eyes and joint pain points to Sjogren's syndrome which can be confirmed by blood tests. ...Read more

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Autoimmune Conditions (Definition)

The body is reacting to something that is indigenous to itself. It is acting as if it is a foreign invader , and 'fighting" it. This is not ...Read more