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positive ANA blood test

Having phoned for blood results and been told everything fine and dandy apart from the low vit D and B12 as before I have just received a copy letter from the consultant stating blood test reveals positive for ANA. I do not know whether previous blood tests have been positive as this is the first copy letter I have received. Little confused - can any of the lovely experts on here throw some light on it for me.

Thanks.

Hi,

Well, my “expertise”, such as it is, was only got from reading Wiki, which I know is hardly the ultimate authority on such things. But it seems to think that although a positive ANA (antinuclear antibody) test can be associated with a number of auto-immune conditions, it’s also seen in a high proportion of the healthy population.

So a positive ANA test, by itself would be of little clinical significance. Only if it was backed up by other abnormal results.

Tina

P.S.

I should have added that by: “other abnormal results”, I didn’t mean the low vitamins. I meant other abnormal immune system markers.

Tina

Thanks Tina. Just wish the Dr could have told me that! thank goodness for this forum.