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I tested positive for ana, and have a family history of lupus and pernicious anemia. What do I do now?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Wait

Many normal people have low-titer positive ana's and they mean nothing by themselves.
If you have symptoms suggestive of lupus, continue the workup and consider seeing a rheumatologist. If you have a family history of pernicious anemia, you'd do well to get a serum B12 assay every few years.

In brief: Wait

Many normal people have low-titer positive ana's and they mean nothing by themselves.
If you have symptoms suggestive of lupus, continue the workup and consider seeing a rheumatologist. If you have a family history of pernicious anemia, you'd do well to get a serum B12 assay every few years.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Dr. Steven Rosner
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See a rheumatologist

Additional blood and urine testing is needd to confirm the diagnosis of lupus (sle).
There are many confirmatory blood tests that can be ordered. Sometimes a positive ANA id a "false positive" and does not mean you have sle.

In brief: See a rheumatologist

Additional blood and urine testing is needd to confirm the diagnosis of lupus (sle).
There are many confirmatory blood tests that can be ordered. Sometimes a positive ANA id a "false positive" and does not mean you have sle.
Dr. Steven Rosner
Dr. Steven Rosner
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