Can you explain what a positive test for lupus anticoagulant means?

Autoantibodies. Your body is producing antibodies directed against its own tissues and is likely at increased risk for the development of an autoimmune disease such as lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroiditis, vitiligo, infammatory bowel dis or pernicious anemia from gastritis. Lac can cause clotting disorders and miscariages, but is not in and of itself an important predictor of clinical outcomes.

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What is the significance of a positive test for lupus anticoagulant?

Autoantibodies. Your body is producing antibodies directed against its own tissues and is likely at increased risk for the development of an autoimmune disease such as lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroiditis, vitiligo, infammatory bowel dis or pernicious anemia from gastritis. Lac can cause clotting disorders and miscariages, but is not in and of itself an important predictor of clinical outcomes. Read more...
Blood clots. You are paradoxically at increased risk of having blood clots. Discuss with your doctor. Read more...

In 11/2014 I was hospitalized with bilateral PE. 3 lupus anticoagulant tests have come back positive, and he said it's primary. Does that mean APS?

Almost... In my experience it can be primary, but other autoimmune disease must be excluded. IgM, followed by IgG anti -cardiolipin antibodies are the most problematic! This is important, since apart from anticoagulants, other drugs may be needed. Read more...

What do these mean? Lupus anticoagulant weakly present at 1.30; positive ANA Test 1:40 speckled pattern; negative anticardioliptin and beta2

Not much. A weakly present lupus anticoagulant and an ANA of 1:40 are common in the general population, and usually not an indication of an autoimmune disorder. You should visit with the physician who ordered these tests to review them with you however. A test alone does not give any answers. Doctors will need both a patient's history and tests to determine further management. Read more...

Do all people with the disease lupus test positive to lupus anticoagulant?

No. A patient with lupus is more likely to have a lupus anticoagulant than the general population, but many do not. Different studies have shown from 8% to 65% of patient with lupus having the lupus anticoagulant. Likewise, most people with the lupus anticoagulant antibody will not have lupus. The name is really a misnomer. Read more...

Can all people diagnosed with the disease lupus test positive to lupus anticoagulant as well?

Not necessarily. This can be seen in the setting of lupus but with other autoimmune diseases as well as some patients can positive for it and not have any associated diseases with it. Read more...

Hi Dr, I did lupus anticoagulant test. It shows appt (test)-ls 41.7 observed value. Lupus anticoagulant absent means? I have recurrent two abortion

Lupus anti coag. Hello ~ people who have recurrent blood clots to the limbs can in some cases be lupus anti-coagulant positive as a cause and there is increased incidence of natural abortion or miscarriage in those cases. You are lupus anticoagulant negative so its irrelevant as a cause to any clotting disorder. thanks. Read more...

I have a positive ana, positive lupus anticoagulant, 386 value for microsomal antibodies. C3 of 113, C4 of 53. A rash on face could it be lupus?

Yes. Lupus is a major consideration. The microsomal antibodies suddest that autoimmune thyroid disease is also present. See a rheumatologist if you have done so already. Read more...
Yes. If the rash fits the butterfly or discoid rash or the subacute lupus skin lesion. ANA titer is usually high in lupus; you have not listed yours. The c3 and c4 are markers of disease activity and famously nonspecific. Don't try to self-diagnose; your age of 54 is a bit high for new-onset lupus though it's not impossible. Read more...

I recently had the test for lupus anticoagulant and it was postitive. What are the implications of this?

Depends on history. This test should always be confirmed by repeat and other related tests a prior history of multiple late pregnancy losses and /or unexplained clots make the test more ominous. Read more...