... Hi. Do you have hardcopy of the labs, or were results read over the phone? My lab prints out-of-range vs. in-range values in separate columns.
For anti-ds-DNA, my lab uses these ranges, BUT there's no guarantee your lab uses the same. For something this important, I'd ask the doctor for hardcopy.
< 25, Negative;
35-99.9, Weakly Positive;
100-200,... (2 replies)
... I imagine whomever ran the basic ANA test had certain reasons... meaning you've been having some symptoms? ... (9 replies)
... a special blood test . I'd love to know what for! ... (32 replies)
... Can someone tell me what a DS (double stranded) Anti-DNA result of <10 means?
That's all the info I have. (2 replies)
... Speaking of "ANA subtypes", do you see MORE test names including "anti" or "ab" on your labs, in addition to the ones you cited? ... (8 replies)
... Hi. I'm only a patient, but I see at least two possible scenarios:
1. Your ANA is positive from some condition (or conditions) other than lupus, one (or ones) with symptoms that overlap those seen in lupus.
Hashimoto's thyroiditis can elevate ANA and cause many of the same symptoms, such as joint pain, skin eruptions, fatigue, and hair loss. Sjogren's syndrome is... (2 replies)
... American vs not, so that's just standard lab nomenclature. CPK measures muscle inflammation, I think. CRP is a broader test for inflammation. ... (18 replies)
... Thank you for responding! I am hoping to get in with the rheumatologist next week. I have had shingles a few times :( The Doctors diagonsed it the first time I had it. I got the Chicken Pox's twice at a young age and they said I now more then likely going to get Shingles even at my age. THey did check my thyroid and they came back fine.
We will see! (3 replies)
... dsDNA is specific for lupus, so with that said, one positive test result doesn't make a diagnosis. This antibody is associated with kidney manifestations of lupus, so watching the urine may prove helpful. ... (18 replies)
... I have an appt. to get a second opinion for my infertility next month and I will bring all this up with him as well. Hopefully he'll agree to test me for the antiphospholipid antibody syndrome. Is this just 1 blood test? ... (6 replies)
... Lori, Where lupus is a possibility, I think elevated B.U.N. and creatine in bloodwork are signs kidneys aren't filtering properly. (I just reread your original post & realized you said those values were NOT QUITE out of range.) And urinalysis includes checks for "urine casts" and for protein in the urine, which are also signs of abnormal kidney function.
Have they... (6 replies)
... DNA with a negative ANA. Just to note, you can still have children if you have APLS, they don't all end in miscarriages. A miscarriage is just a red flag to test for this. I never understood why people who miscarry, aren't automatically tested for this. ... (6 replies)
... DNA is just one test that is specific for lupus. Although yours is a low positive, the number may change over the next few years and it should definitely be watched. ... (6 replies)
... My dr. had said all my tests were fine. The ANA screen came back negative though. Should I inquire about the Anti DS DNA? ... (6 replies)
... I remember having a blood test done a while ago when I was being worked up for something else, and the test said something about being positive for anti ds-DNA ase, and I know this is an antinuclear antibody, but does it mean that I'm going to get lupus at some time in my life? Or does it just mean that I had inflammation or something? My aunt has lupus, scleroderma, and... (1 replies)
... DNA test was done. ... (3 replies)
... Hi. Apparently anti-ds-DNA can vacillate: it can be higher just before, or at the start of, flares; and once it turns positive, it stays positive. I don't know that it's a titer test, though (sorry), you'd have to ask. Unfortunately, if the reference range on the report says >10 is positive, then >20 appears to be solidly positive, but you should confirm with someone familiar... (3 replies)
... your test results. ... (3 replies)
... Thanks for your input VeeJ. The followup with my GP is open. It's pretty much up to me. I can see him on fairly short notice. Since I posted my message I have done some reading and I see that many rheumie's diagnose a patient with Lupus based solely on the anti-ds-DNA. Makes sense if it is very selective and it is so hard to make a diagnosis otherwise anyway. I'll discuss this... (3 replies)
... if he didn't run that test yet. I hope you keep posting here. Keep at it! ... (3 replies)