Gidget, I'm glad you've done your homework, we've all done our fair share ;-) The part in my post came from what you see below, taken from Lupus UK site. I don't know much about
the anti-dna, that's why I love this place, we can all learn from each other and what we all have been though. Take carewww.uklupus.co.uk/antidna.html
Normal Range = < 1:10 titer.
Anti-DNA is an immunoglobulin specific against native (double-stranded) DNA
It is increased in Systemic lupus erythematosus & is highly specific to SLE.
Sixty to eighty percent of patients with active SLE have a positive anti-DNA test.
Anti-ds-DNA antibody is not found in drug-induced lupus.
Titers of anti-ds-DNA correlate well with disease activity and with occurrence of glomerulonephritis.
<<<<A positive test means = In a person with lupus symptoms, a positive test almost always means that lupus is present. However, the test can also be positive in some patients with rare diseases.>>>>>
A negative test means = a negative test does not mean that lupus is not present.
StacieTrust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding ~ Proverbs 3:5 ~ DX: Hashimoto's 1999, Celiac Disease (AKA: gluten sensitivity) 2003, Raynaud's 2004, Lupus 2005 and Sjogrens 2006RX: Imuran, Plaquenil, Methotrexate, Flexeril, Piroxicam, Levoxyl, Folic Acid, Lortab (as needed), Magnesium Citrate and magic mouthwash (as needed for mouthsores)