Diagnoses of Lupus does NOT require a positive ANA. There is a link at the end of my signature "Lupus Criteria 4 of 11". This info is provided by the Lupus Foundation.
Also Google Dr. Graham Hughes. He has done huge studies on Lupus and has written books that doctors use. He shows that there are many Lupans who's ANA doesn't show positive.
Some good info in Lupus Resources too. Link in my signature.
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UCTD, Inflammatory Arthritis, Diverticulosis, (recent dx - Sjogrens, Crohn’s 4/08)
Clickable Links: Lupus Resources Lupous.Org Lupus Criteria (4 of 11) Lupus Chapter Locator