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What does a positive ANA test mean?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Donald Colantino
Internal Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Positive ANA

Its significance depends on high the titer is and whether you're experiencing any symptoms consistent with an autoimmune disorder. Such symptoms or signs include joint discomfort, unusual skin changes or rash, kidney abnormalities,recurrent fevers,body aches.
A rheumatologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. Appropriate tests will be done.

In brief: Positive ANA

Its significance depends on high the titer is and whether you're experiencing any symptoms consistent with an autoimmune disorder. Such symptoms or signs include joint discomfort, unusual skin changes or rash, kidney abnormalities,recurrent fevers,body aches.
A rheumatologist is best qualified to evaluate and advise you. Appropriate tests will be done.
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Agree with Dr. F

Do you have any symptoms? If not, let it be and see your doctor as s/he advises.

Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. For nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.


In brief: Agree with Dr. F

Do you have any symptoms? If not, let it be and see your doctor as s/he advises.

Have a healthy diet, exercise 30 minutes/day, drink plenty of water, have safe sex, no tobacco alcohol weed or street drugs. For nutrition: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Antibodies vs nuclei

The titer (how much antibody power is present) is important -- 1:40 seldom means much, 1:320 would worry most folks -- as does the pattern, but like all lab tests, its meaning comes from the setting.
Typically a screen for lupus and related diseases, many older folks who are healthy run a low titer.

In brief: Antibodies vs nuclei

The titer (how much antibody power is present) is important -- 1:40 seldom means much, 1:320 would worry most folks -- as does the pattern, but like all lab tests, its meaning comes from the setting.
Typically a screen for lupus and related diseases, many older folks who are healthy run a low titer.
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