Ana Test

ANA (antinuclear antibody) test is done to diagnose autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. This test looks for the presence of antinuclear antibodies, which are autoantibody that attacks the body during an autoimmune reaction.

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Is it fine to take Prednisone and Azathioprine for autoimmune hepatitis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been itching throughout my body, especially after eating, for about two years. I noticed fatigue and shortness of breath about 18 months ago. I stopped smoking before seven years. I stopped drinking before a year as my upper abdominal area started paining after drinking. Before fi...  Read Full »


Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There are a few important facts I would want you to consider. We have to rule out other forms of hepatitis like viral hepatitis, amyloid or iron deposition, NASH (nonalcoholic steatohepatitis) and alcoholic liver disease. All three markers are non-specific; an...  Read Full »

How to confirm that a person is suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus(SLE) ?

Query: Hi doctor, How to confirm that a person is suffering from SLE (Systemic Lupus Erythematosus)?  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Karanwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Get ANA test (Antinuclear antibodies) done to diagnose SLE. Though ANA is positive in other autoimmune diseases too, it is strongly positive in SLE. Once this test is found to be positive, it is correlated with signs and symptoms to confirm SLE. In case of doubt, other ...  Read Full »

What can be done for the bruises on my daughter's leg that appear without injury?

Query: Hi doctor, This query is regarding my 8 year old daughter. She has been constantly getting bruises on her legs. We think this bruise occurs automatically and may not be due to injury. We have been noticing these bruises for the past 6 to 7 years. It fades away automatically after few days. We c...  Read Full »


Dr. Veerendra Channabasappa Patil

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your description of the symptoms of your child seems to be significant, as the bruises are spontaneous. I would be interested to know the following points. Was there any swelling at the ...  Read Full »

Are the results with ANA value 64 and ESR value 25 a cause of concern?

Query: Hi doctor, I have started to experience weird sensations around my body after my father died three years ago. I would often get sudden stabbing head pains, numbness in face, painful and sometimes stiff fingers especially, after waking up. More recently, I get heart palpitations, which force me to co...  Read Full »


Dr. Divya Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen all the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This does not look like lupus. Lupus is a serious disease, which apart from other symptoms, can affect the kidneys and the brain. I agree that your ANA (antinuclear antibody) is positive, howev...  Read Full »

I have constant muscle twitching in both calves with deranged ANA values. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor,I have had twitches in both calves for about nine weeks now. These twitches constantly happen when at rest without any pain, and the twitches are visible in both calves. Sometimes I experience cramps in my feet also. I consulted a doctor and did MRI, nerve conduction study, and an EMG. Eve...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohamad Ali Rida

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.ANA (antinuclear antibody) is a very delicate test and depends on the substrate used for testing. Some laboratories use primate substrate, and this yields a false-positive result. DFS 70 (dense fine speckled antibody) confirms that ANA might be related to an actual rheum...  Read Full »

Please give your feedback regarding my preventive health screening reports.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32 year old male. I recently went for a preventive health screening. I need your valuable feedback regarding my reports.  Read Full »


Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The only discrepancy seen is that the platelet count is borderline, although not totally abnormal. Rest of your reports are normal including chloride which is given in bold letters. Now...  Read Full »

I have an enlarged lymph node on the side of my neck with a low fever and ANA 1:16. What might it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I have enlarged lymph nodes on the side of my neck and experienced a low fever on and off for four days. I tested positive for ANA (Antinuclear antibody) 1:16, speckled pattern. No sign of abnormality in my chest x-ray result. I do not have any other symptoms, such as skin rash or muscle...  Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. When actually in large lymph nodes, it can be due to infection. Bacterial infection can lead to such swollen lymph nodes. But at the same time, positive ANA indicates for them, so there might be rheumatoid arthriti...  Read Full »

Do positive ANA and atrial flutter confirm rheumatoid arthritis?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 41 years old and I never had any health issues. Currently, I have an atrial flutter and I am trying to find the cause. My CRP and sedimentation rate in Westergren remains high. I also have positive ANA. Does this confirm that I have rheumatoid arthritis? Could this inflammation be the...  Read Full »


Dr. Naval Mendiratta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for writing. I have gone through your reports and history (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Your ANA (anti-nuclear antibody) remains positive. I would like to ask you a few more questions to be sure of how much ANA is impacting your body. Pleas...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for focal segmental glomerulosclerosis in a 12-year-old?

Query: Hello doctor, My 12 year old son is suffering from nephrotic syndrome since the last seven years. Two years ago, when his biopsy was done, the result said FSGS. His creatinine levels at that time was 4. Now it is raised to 10.1. He is currently taking Calcium, Folic acid, Pantoprazole, Sodium bicar...  Read Full »


Dr. Geetha Priyadarsini Kamminana

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please furnish the following medical information, so that I will be able to give you further advice. What is the cause of focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)?Has dialysis been done? What is his urine output?What does his antinuclear antibody (ANA) profile say?Ha...  Read Full »

Why is my ultrasound scan showing only five week pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, The first ultrasound scan at six weeks showed a baby with heartbeats. But, after 15 days, it shows 5.5 weeks baby with no heartbeat. The doctor told me to take MTP pills. After taking these pills, I had heavy bleeding for six days, and from the seventh day, I started expelling black bl...  Read Full »


Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. How are you doing? Am sorry for the loss you had. I have seen all the reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The first scan shows a six weeks baby, that is the actual size of the baby. Due to some cause, reason has to be found out, the heartbeat of th...  Read Full »

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