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    Old 02-16-2018, 12:45 PM   #1
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    ANA question

    I was diagnosed as UCTD about 2 years ago. I have a positive ANA of 1:160, homogenous pattern with no other positive markers in my blood. I do have symptoms though. Anyway, I also have some other health stuff going on and I was wondering.... since "healthy" people (or people who do not have an autoimmune disease) can have a low positive ANA, is this a one-off situation or can their ANA remain positive? I hope that makes sense. I am asking if a person has a continually positive ANA (my rheumy tests mine every few months and it is always positive at the same titre), might they NOT have an autoimmune disease? I have tried to research this online, but only get the same canned results that 15-20% of the "healthy" population have a positive ANA, but it never says if they continue to have a positive ANA or if this is a one-time test. Which, I guess, maybe they wouldn't know unless they continued to test the same "healthy" people.

     
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    Old 02-19-2018, 10:12 AM   #2
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    Re: ANA question

    Yes, especially if the healthy person has a relative with an autoimmune disease, at a low titre. A low "positive" ANA test is not diagnostic of anything, in and of itself.

     
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    Old 02-20-2018, 07:33 AM   #3
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    Re: ANA question

    Thank you! Do you know what is considered to be "low"? I get varied answers when I research it. I guess it depends on who you ask.

     
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    Old 02-20-2018, 10:11 AM   #4
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    Re: ANA question

    I believe that 1:80 is considered low or not really positive in my Dr's office. In my limited experience, a titre of 1:640 means that the rheumatologist will seriously consider AI disease. Less so with lower titres in the absence of specific symptoms. That being said, some AI diseases wax and wane in their antibody levels, some do not. It is really more about the combination of symptoms, supported by lab work, that leads to a specific diagnosis.

     
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