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I have had many symptoms of sle over the past 8 yrs, and now have a positive ANA test. Are there any add'l test before I get a diagnosis?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Rheumatologist

There are defined criteria for the diagnosis of sle and positive ANA is just one of the factors.
You should consult a rheumatologist for a proper diagnostic work-up.

In brief: Rheumatologist

There are defined criteria for the diagnosis of sle and positive ANA is just one of the factors.
You should consult a rheumatologist for a proper diagnostic work-up.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Lupus tests

Other tests to consider to confirm a diagnosis of lupus include: anti-double-stranded dna, anti-smith, anti-u1rnp, anti-ro/ssa, and anti-la/ssb.
Some laboratories also include other antibodies in their panel, including antinucleoprotein, anticentromere, or antihistone. For more info, see: http://www.Hopkinslupus.Org/lupus-tests/lupus-blood-tests/.

In brief: Lupus tests

Other tests to consider to confirm a diagnosis of lupus include: anti-double-stranded dna, anti-smith, anti-u1rnp, anti-ro/ssa, and anti-la/ssb.
Some laboratories also include other antibodies in their panel, including antinucleoprotein, anticentromere, or antihistone. For more info, see: http://www.Hopkinslupus.Org/lupus-tests/lupus-blood-tests/.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Harris Cohen
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: ANA

While an ANA test is a good screen for lupus, you still need confirmatory testing -- i recommend you see your doctor or a rheumatologist.

In brief: ANA

While an ANA test is a good screen for lupus, you still need confirmatory testing -- i recommend you see your doctor or a rheumatologist.
Dr. Harris Cohen
Dr. Harris Cohen
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