Here is something about
the C-Reactive Protein Test from the following website:www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/c-reactive-protein-crpA C-reactive protein (CRP) test is a blood test that measures the amount of a protein called C-reactive protein in your blood. C-reactive protein measures general levels of inflammation in your body.
High levels of CRP are caused by infections and many long-term diseases. But a CRP test cannot show where the inflammation is located or what is causing it. Other tests are needed to find the cause and location of the inflammation.
Why It Is Done
A C-reactive protein (CRP) test is done to:
* Check for infection after surgery. CRP levels normally rise within 2 to 6 hours of surgery and then go down by the third day after surgery. If CRP levels stay elevated 3 days after surgery, an infection may be present.
* Identify and keep track of infections and diseases that cause inflammation, such as:
o Cancer of the lymph nodes (lymphoma).
o Diseases of the immune system, such as lupus.
o Painful swelling of the blood vessels in the head and neck (giant cell arteritis).
o Painful swelling of the tissues that line the joints (rheumatoid arthritis).
o Swelling and bleeding of the intestines (inflammatory bowel disease).
o Infection of a bone (osteomyelitis).
* Check to see how well treatment is working, such as treatment for cancer or for an infection. CRP levels go up quickly and then become normal quickly if you are responding to treatment measures.
Your C-Reactive Protein test apparently was less than 0.3, which is in the normal range (0 - 0.9). This is definitely good!
Here is something about
anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies from www.fpnotebook.com/Rheum/Lab/AntDblStrndDnAntbdy.htm
:Anti-Double Stranded DNA Antibody (Aka: Anti-dsDNA Antibody, Double Stranded DNA Antibody, Anti-dsDNA)
1. See Also: Antinuclear Antibody
2. Indication :Highly specific for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
3. Normal: Negative
4. Positive (percentage refers to sensitivity)
*Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (60%)
- Associated with Lupus Nephritis
- Associated with Lupus CNS Involvement
- Correlates with disease activity
* Sjogren's Syndrome (5%)
* Rheumatoid Arthritis (<5%)
* Chronic active hepatitis
* Biliary Cirrhosis
* Epstein Barr Virus
* Gladman in Klippel (1997) Rheumatic Diseases p. 255-6
* Peng in Ruddy (2001) Kelley's Rheumatology, p. 161-72
* Callegari (1995) Postgrad Med 97(4):65
* Lane (2002) Am Fam Physician 65(6):1073
So apparently they did not detect any anti-double-stranded DNA antibodies (ANTI-DS DNA *NEGATIVE (NEG)). I don't know what the asterisk means, but it looks as though you don't have a detectable level of those autoantibodies in your blood at this time, which is a GOOD thing! :)
My recent testing revealed a high level of anti-DS DNA antibodies so I'm now on Plaquenil because my rheumy thinks that I have lupus. :(
Congratulations on good test results Mary!