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    Can a ANA test just be negative or positive ? I thought it had to be like 1:40 or something not just none detected ?
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    Hi Luvinmyninja,
    I would think that if it is not detected that it is negative. I think that the ANA titer has to be greater then 1:80 to be considered positive. I am not sure, but I think I saw that in a post. Saysusie and Oluwa would have a better answer I am sure. I know my titer was 1:360 and speckle patterned and they said that it was positive. I hope that I have helped in some way here.

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    I'm just confused b/c there was no titer ?
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    Hi,
    If there is no titer then you are not building any antibodies against the neucleus of your cells and that is a good thing. You could still have lupus even though you are not producing antibodies. It is strange, but it is the way that it is sometimes. You immune system is not producing antibodies to the cells in your body or at least not enough to be detected at this time. That is not to say that it won't be positive in the future. Lupus is a mighty strange illness big time. A person is not suppose to have antibodies against the neucleus of their cells. I hope that this helps to explain it.

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    Lupus for many years. Like most of my life. Sjogrens that started at 35 and Scoliosis, Spinal Stenosis, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteo-Arthritis of the spine, Ankylosing Spondilitis, Periferal Neuropathy, mild CP and now just recently diagnosed with PA. I had a disc replaced in December of 2007.

    Medications:
    Plaquenil, Sulindac, Imuran, Celiac diet, Tramadol and B12 shot once a month.

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    That was an excellent explanation Kathy :lol:

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