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Old 11-20-2012, 06:18 PM   #1
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Blood Labs strangly stated? By percentages?

I am unsure how to understand my labs.
I got results from a different lab 3 years ago, which plainly stated number of antibodies and then >4, etc..
But this new one lists percentages, and I have no idea what that means.

They look like this:

Autoantibodies Condition Frequency??????
dsDNA SLE(lupus) 40-60%

Does the percent mean chance I have it? 40-60%???

The whole page looks like this, all percentages, None stating Positive clearly,
just numbers like 10-30%
or 40-70%
only one says 100% plainly, and it says Neonatal Lupus(well I'm not preg?) what does that mean?

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Old 11-20-2012, 07:15 PM   #2
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Re: Blood Labs strangly stated? By percentages?

Hi. To me, these seem like footnotes to remind physicians to which condition various autoantibodies correlate, and how often each is seen in that condition.

Your first example may mean that 40% to 60% of people with SLE, at some time in the course of their disease, test positive for anti-ds-DNA.

Your second example about neo-natal lupus probably means that some antibody is seen in 100% of cases. (My guess would be anti-Ro.) What neo-natal lupus is: some babies are actually born lupus, passed to the infant across the placenta.

But where your "absolute" test values are, gee, good question! Very weird. Are any pages missing?

This is guesswork on my part, but I've also had labs that contained this sort of autoantibody statistics on the final page(s). I hope you can somehow locate your REAL results. Bye, Vee

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