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Just had a test result neucleaus come back as un clear! What

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just had a test result for anti neucleaus come back as un clear ! What should i do next ? and what does this mean all rest of blood test came back fine, am i ill with lupus do get aches and pains in legs
Submitted: 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. David replied 1 year ago.

This is Dr. David

I think you had a blood test for anti nuclear antibody (ANA) titer

this is a screening blood test to look for signs of autoimmune disorder in your body where your body's immune system could be making antibodies which can attack your own body's cells.

lupus is a very common autoimmune disorder.

you should get a copy of your ANA blood tests. often times this test has to be repeated along with other autoimmune tests such as

antibodies to double-stranded DNA (anti-dsDNA) tests,
antibodies to histone tests,
antibodies to phospholipids,
antibodies to Ro/SS-A and La/SS-B,
antibodies to Sm target Sm proteins in the cell nucleus,
antibodies to RNP target ribonucleoproteins

to get a better idea if you have an autoimmune condition or not.

you may have to see a rheumatology specialist to get these more advanced tests

ANA test results should be reported as a ratio for the titer. the higher the ratio that is needed, the more likely your ANA test is positive. usually ratios of more than 1:160 means you are positive.

http://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Antinuclear-Antibodies-ANA

you can read more there.

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