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Old 11-06-2009, 11:56 AM   #1
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what if your ANA test comes back Positive/ reference range negative

what if your ANA test comes back Positive/ reference range negative

 
Old 11-06-2009, 06:13 PM   #2
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Re: what if your ANA test comes back Positive/ reference range negative

I don't know what that means but the ANA is only one indicator of lupus. Mine is sometimes negative.

 
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Old 11-08-2009, 06:15 AM   #3
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Re: what if your ANA test comes back Positive/ reference range negative

Hi & welcome. I'm just a patient, so please read below in that light, OK?

I've had test results where some columns make little sense. A test like ANA may not have a tidy "reference range" that can be displayed coherently, so maybe the lab prints mumbo-jumbo in that column? (You could ask your dr.)

ANA is a tricky test. In & of itself, it doesn't diagnose anything, because it can be positive in multiple diseases (not just lupus). Results can wax & wane. And it may be positive for reasons other than disease, like a passing virus, aging, or a family tendency. Also, it's a hard test to perform accurately.

So you could also ask your dr. to confirm if your ANA came back positive. If YES, ask whether dr. plans additional tests and follow-up appts. Are you having certain symptoms that led your dr. to call for an ANA test? Post more when the mood strikes, OK? Sending you best wishes, Vee

 
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Re: what if your ANA test comes back Positive/ reference range negative

Mine was the same way and my doctor told me it was positive for ANA. The test says "DirectPositive" under the results and "negative" under the "limits" heading. I think that means that anything other than a negative reading is abnormal. Based on this test my doctor ordered the Lupus panel, which was positive for anti-DNA (DS) antibody.

 
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