Found this site as I was searching for some info and it seems to be pretty decent. So, here I go...
Over the last year, I've been going through workups for a variety of things. The thinking has been more suggestive of a neuro disorder up till now, but that might have changed. I've hooked up with a great MS doc and one of the things we just did was the ANA panel. Because we're still waiting for some other tests to come back from the lab, we haven't talked yet.
But, my ANA came back positive. It did not report the titer level and that is on my list of things to ask him about. Hep2 came back at 23, also positive. Ok, so that's suggestive of autoimmune. Not definitive by any means.
The anti-ssa (ro) came back with a level of 52. My results show a standard range of 0-90. However, I can't find ANY material on the net that talks about standard ranges for this. I have found the cite that says .1% to .5% of the general population will have this anitibody in their blood.
Everything that I'm reading is suggesting that any level of the anit-ssa /ro is a positive result, but I can't even find something that says that.
Can anyone help shed some light on this, preferably with links to info on the net?
Scott, for SSA (anti-Ro), on my recent labs, < 16 is considered negative, and "equivocal range" is 16-20 Eu/ml. While my lab seems to use a different reference range than your lab, this nevertheless suggests that the SSA can be > 0 but still be considered negative.
That's interesting about your Hep2 result. Was a ref range for it shown? Have you caught up with the specialist who ran the ANA, etc.? Let us know how you're doing. With my best, Vee
Thanks for helping out. I've checked in with my internist and we're going to repeat the ANA panels, qual and quant. The lab at the hospital they were sent to doesn't report the titer or pattern for the ANA. Both of those are very important from what I've seen. My neuro guy is great and knew enough to order the test, but I'm not sure he's really, really up on interpreting it. I'd think if he was the lack of a titer would've concerned him.
My Hep-2 was 23, with a range of 0-10 being shown as normal. I've tried to find some info on this one, but have pretty much struck out. I'm usually able to find things really fast (I'm a PhD researcher by training), so I'm confused here. All I've been able to learn is the Hep-2 has something to do with the test itself, being associated with the switch from mouse dna to human for references.
If you've got any info on the Hep-2 and what it means (or can point me somewhere), I'd really appreciate it.