Can Methamphetamine Use Lead To A Diagnosis Of Lupus?
No ma'am, it cannot
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I have gone through your query with diligence and would like you to know that I am here to help. Let me start by saying that a positive ANA does not point towards a diagnosis of lupus, as there are other conditions that can also cause an elevated level of ANA.
No ma'am, there are a list of medications that can cause an elevation in ANA levels; and there is also a type of lupus called drug-induced lupus, but none of these can occur from the use of methamphetamines.
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Usually is followed by a clinical evaluation, then labs
After receiving a positive ANA, rheumatologists normal go about an elaborate clinical evaluation, noting all the symptoms that are present.
Like for example with systemic lupus erythrematosus (SLE), there are more than 10 criteria out of which an individual needs to have at least 4 for the confirmation of lupus. The doctor can also choose to go ahead with a biopsy to confirm nephritis or another serum marker like anti-dsDNA.
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