What does a positive ANA mean?

  1. My niece told me her doctor told her her ANA came back "over 700"...and I am totally ignorant of the ramifications. Any of you knowledgeable on this subject? She said the doc "is running more tests."
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  3. by   Jenny P
    Dang, PRN, I thought you were telling us that the ANA Organization had a new outlook or logo or something!

    That's a pretty high FANA or ANA (Anti-Nuclear Antibody) test result! I'll have to do some research myself to tell you.
  4. by   NurseDennie
    ANA is the antinuclear antibody test. It's the body's reaction to the inside (nucleus) of its own cells.

    It doesn't Necessarily mean "anything," all by itself. Most people with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, connective tissue diseases, etc., etc., have elevated ANA levels, but they also have other s/s.

    So that makes sense that the doc is running more tests. Don't worry too much yet.


  5. by   mario_ragucci
    thanks for the excellent explanation denine, so much.
  6. by   mattsmom81
    It is the hallmark of autoimmune disease....elevated ANA. Also other tests such as RA will indicate rheumatoid factor, CReactive protein, ESR to try to pinpoint the cause.

    There are lots of autoimmune diseases out there...RA, Lupus, MS, scleroderma, (the connective tissue diseases), myasthenia gravis, hemolytic anemia, etc... Hope the tests show nothing serious...or at least they're catching things very, very early if it turns out to be one of these.

    I will keep your niece in my prayers...let us know how it turns out, OK?