11 doctors weighed in:
If lupus will it show up in a blood test for rheumatology?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
6 doctors agree
In brief: Yes, but....
Almost all lupus patients have anti-nuclear antibodies in their blood at significant levels, there are other blood tests, but the whole clinical picture needs to be considered before a diagnosis is made, and since no one truly knows what lupus is, some people carry the diagnosis of "borderline / questionable" lupus, and may or may not get treated.

In brief: Yes, but....
Almost all lupus patients have anti-nuclear antibodies in their blood at significant levels, there are other blood tests, but the whole clinical picture needs to be considered before a diagnosis is made, and since no one truly knows what lupus is, some people carry the diagnosis of "borderline / questionable" lupus, and may or may not get treated.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. John Goldman
ANA lupus is rare - seen in some very special setting like certain complement deficiencies
Dr. Vijay Karia
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Likely
Blood tests are positive in most cases of lupus, however, there is an entity known as ANA negative lupus.

In brief: Likely
Blood tests are positive in most cases of lupus, however, there is an entity known as ANA negative lupus.
Dr. Vijay Karia
Dr. Vijay Karia
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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Usually
There are tests like the ANA but remember even of you have it this does note an you have lupus.
Rarely 1 out of 100 times an ANA can be negative in certain types of lupus.

In brief: Usually
There are tests like the ANA but remember even of you have it this does note an you have lupus.
Rarely 1 out of 100 times an ANA can be negative in certain types of lupus.
Dr. John Goldman
Dr. John Goldman
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