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I'm ana-positive; could I have lupus without any symptoms?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: See a Rheumatologist

This really needs to be discussed with a rheumatologist who can take a complete history and do a physical exam. In addition he or she will need to do additional laboratory tests before making the diagnosis of lupus or ruling it out.

In brief: See a Rheumatologist

This really needs to be discussed with a rheumatologist who can take a complete history and do a physical exam. In addition he or she will need to do additional laboratory tests before making the diagnosis of lupus or ruling it out.
Dr. Betty Keller
Dr. Betty Keller
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Dr. Michael Laccheo
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Yes

Many diseases other than lupus and many healthy people have positive anas.
You can also have lupus without having any symptoms and you can have a positive ANA for years before getting systemic lupus erythematosus. Most likely, someone with no symptoms and a positive ANA does not have lupus.

In brief: Yes

Many diseases other than lupus and many healthy people have positive anas.
You can also have lupus without having any symptoms and you can have a positive ANA for years before getting systemic lupus erythematosus. Most likely, someone with no symptoms and a positive ANA does not have lupus.
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheo
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