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I had a positive ANA test and positive smith antibodies. Will they find ra?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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In brief: Lupus

A high-titer ANA and a positive anti-sm (smith) usually means systemic lupus rather than rheumatoid arthritis.
This is much more manageable today than in the past. No lab means much in isolation, and your physician ordered these labs because he/she suspected lupus. If the diagnosis is established, you'll probably want to join a community group for people with sle. Good luck.

In brief: Lupus

A high-titer ANA and a positive anti-sm (smith) usually means systemic lupus rather than rheumatoid arthritis.
This is much more manageable today than in the past. No lab means much in isolation, and your physician ordered these labs because he/she suspected lupus. If the diagnosis is established, you'll probably want to join a community group for people with sle. Good luck.
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