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Does a positive antinuclear antibody test mean that I have lupus?

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Not necessarily. The antinuclear antibody (ANA) test is positive in most people who have lupus, but it also may be positive in many people who are healthy or have another autoimmune disease. Therefore, a positive ANA test alone is not adequate for the diagnosis of lupus. There must be at least three additional clinical features from the list of 11 features for the diagnosis to be made.

From: Lupus Overview WebMD Medical Reference

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The Lupus Foundation of America.

American College of Rheumatology.

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Reviewed by David Zelman on May 7, 2019

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The Lupus Foundation of America.

American College of Rheumatology.

FDA.

Reviewed by David Zelman on May 7, 2019

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