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What Does A Positive ANA Test Indicate?

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Posted on Mon, 17 Oct 2016
Question: What type of Lupus do I have?

I have had ANA positive testing for over 9 months, RA, Skin lesions all over my body including my face, fever, extreme fatige, vertigo, blur vision, shortness of breath, nausea, Vomiting, back of neck/shoulder pain and Spasms, hair loss headaches, hand tremors
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Could be SLE

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic.

I have gone through your query and understand your concerns. A mere ANA positivity does not indicate that you have lupus. dsDNA; anti-Smith [Sm] antibodies need to be tested for, in order to confirm the diagnosis. However, based on the nature of multisystem involvement, it seems that you could have systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE)

You need to be clinically evaluated. Based on the findings suitable testing can be done. Only then a definitive comment can be made.
http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/332244-overview

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (11 hours later)
I get lab work done every month and results always vary. Nothing ever conclusive. Anything specific they should be testing for? I just want thr right treatment to at least manage my symptons .
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Answered by Dr. Prof. Kunal Saha (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Get your blood tested.

Detailed Answer:
Have you tested for dsDNA and anti-Smith [Sm] antibodies? If so, please let me know the results (including the variations, if any). If not, get the tests done.

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What Does A Positive ANA Test Indicate?

Brief Answer: Could be SLE Detailed Answer: Thanks for asking on HealthcareMagic. I have gone through your query and understand your concerns. A mere ANA positivity does not indicate that you have lupus. dsDNA; anti-Smith [Sm] antibodies need to be tested for, in order to confirm the diagnosis. However, based on the nature of multisystem involvement, it seems that you could have systemic lupus erythematosis (SLE) You need to be clinically evaluated. Based on the findings suitable testing can be done. Only then a definitive comment can be made. http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/332244-overview Regards