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Posted on Mon, 17 Jul 2017 in Lupus
Question: What does the phrase "positive ANA" mean on a blood test??
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Answered by Dr. Divya Agarwal 28 minutes later
Brief Answer:
It is a test to detect connective tissue disease

Detailed Answer:
hi
it is the anti nuclear antibody.
this is a test which should not be used for screening.
however if a connective tissue disease like lupus is suspected then it is a relevant test.
also a low titer like 1:80 or less is less significant than a high titer.
also the extractable nuclear antigen is a break up of anti nuclear antibody.
it is preferable to check this test by. method called indirect immunofluorescence.
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