Q. Does my blood report confirm an autoimmune disease?

Answered by
Dr. Hitesh Kumar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Dec 30, 2016 and last reviewed on: Feb 17, 2021

Hello doctor,

I am experiencing back pain, knee pain and aching joints. I have severe burning sensation across my entire mid abdomen. Autoimmune disease runs in my family. Previously, I used to get red rashes all over my body from time to time over the years. My doctor is testing for Lupus. I have had some strange things going on for the past five years and I just had extensive blood work done last week. I am not scheduled to see the specialist for another three weeks, but I have some questions about some of the results and what they mean. Please help me.

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Hi,

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  • As per your description, it seems to be an autoimmune disease.
  • In the available blood reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), the antinuclear antigen (ANA) is positive. ANA is the common marker for autoimmune diseases.
  • You might be suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or a mixed connective tissue disease. These autoimmune diseases can affect various body systems, including joints, skin, nerves and lungs and in a few cases can affect brain also.
  •  In these disorders, the person will develop antibodies in the blood against their own body.
  • After appropriate investigations, possibly you will be prescribed steroids or immunosuppressants and other supportive medications. The treatment duration will be possibly long.

Differential diagnosis:

1. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
2. Mixed connective tissue disease.

Regarding follow up:

For further information consult a neurologist online.---> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/neurologist


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