Antinuclear antibodies are diagnostic of what?

Part of diagnosis. Antinuclear antibodies, ana, may be present in older folks without any disease. ANA are present in many diseases, e.g., lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune disorders. Presence of ANA needs to be evaluated in concert with other findings.

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Antinuclear antibodies strongly positive what does this mean?

Impossible to say. While the ANA is a screening test for lupus, it is also positive in numerous other diseases and may frequently be positive in people without any disease, the test needs to be evaluated in the context of your clinical symptoms. See a rheumatologist for this issue. Read more...

How can you tell if you have an elevated antinuclear antibodies?

Blood test. Have a blood test for antinuclear antibiodies. Routine screening for such is not recommended as positive tests in absence of disease are common. Read more...

What diseases can I have after a positive antinuclear antibodies test result?

Any one. Depending on the concentration/titer of the antibody, it may be a false positive if it is low titer; if the titer is high it may portend an auto-immune disease like lupus or arthritis. However the person with ANA is still susceptible to all other diseases that affect other people with similar genetic background and environment. Read more...

What are the possible diagnosis's associated with a positive antinuclear antibodies test result?

Numerous. Thyroid disease, chronic infections including tb/viral hepatitis, subacute bacterial endocarditis, malignancies, any of the auto-immune or connective tissue disease, multiple sclerosis and patients with silicone breast implants. Read more...
Nonspecific. ANA is a very non-specific test. It can be positive in up to 15% of the normal population. It can also be positive in a variety of autoimmune diseases. It is best to have additional evaluation and testing through your pcp or rheumatologist. Read more...

Are antinuclear antibodies (ana's) reversible?

No. Generally the development of auto-immune antibodies is not reversible, the titer, strength, of the antibody may be modified by treatment and natural relapses and remissions. Read more...

How much does a ANA (antinuclear antibodies) cost?

Have no idea. I only order tests and am not familiar with the costs by different labs. Perhaps quest or lab core could help you. Read more...