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What does a positive ANA screen ifa and dual ANA pattern mean?

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Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: ANA

ANA test is a screening test to diagnose auto immune diseases especially lupus.
ANA stands for anti nuclear anti bodies directed against nuclear components called antigens. Ifa stands for immuno fluorescent assay .There patterns that develop based on which anti body is directed against which antigen and such patterns are called homogenous , nucleolar etc signifying different disease patterns.

In brief: ANA

ANA test is a screening test to diagnose auto immune diseases especially lupus.
ANA stands for anti nuclear anti bodies directed against nuclear components called antigens. Ifa stands for immuno fluorescent assay .There patterns that develop based on which anti body is directed against which antigen and such patterns are called homogenous , nucleolar etc signifying different disease patterns.
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