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Why is the ANA result positive?

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www.ProHealth.com • January 15, 1999


Antinuclear antibody testing is a useful way to confirm the
diagnosis of lupus when the clinical suspicion is high, or to
exclude it in cases when SLE is in the differential diagnosis
but the likelihood of it is low to moderate. Because the test
is very sensitive and yet not specific for lupus, an
inappropriately ordered ANA test with a positive result can
cause diagnostic confusion and unnecessary anxiety for the
patient and the physician.

Illei GG, Klippel JH




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