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Old 04-26-2004, 11:28 PM   #1
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ANA Psoriasis

This isn't a Lupus question(sorry), but I figured you all would know about the test ANA. I recently had it and it came back normal, however today I read that psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder. I have psoriasis really bad, so wouldn't my ANA have come back abnormal. I also read that with an autoimmune disorder, there is a high prevalence of psoriasis. How much faith should I put into this ANA test if this is the case, could it have been a false-normal reading?


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Old 04-28-2004, 06:22 AM   #2
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Re: ANA Psoriasis

Hello, Abby.

Even though psoriasis may be autoimmune, ANA is not relevant to it, is my understanding. I think psoriasis is only Dx'ed with skin tests, not bloodwork.

Of course, ANA is relevant in a handful of autoimmunes (like scleroderma, lupus, RA). But there are numerous other well-known autoimmunes to which ANA does not relate, Type 1 diabetes being a good example.

As for psoriasis co-existing with lupus, I don't know if the odds are greater of getting it if you already have (or are headed to) lupus. Can someone else comment on this?

Best wishes to you,
from Vee

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