Positive ANA and all other blood test negative

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   Posted 4/1/2010 9:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I am looking for anyone that may be able to give me some advice. My daughter is 14 years old. She was presenting with small red spots on her toes. The dermatologist said these are broken blood vessels under the skin. She had them for about 4 months. The pediatrician told me to take her to a a dermatologist. The dermatologist followed up with a cardiologist and a rhuematologist. After tons of blood work and a biopsy of the nodules on her feet. The rhuematologist said she has an elevated ANA 1:64 with a speckled pattern. All of the other blood work came back negative. The red spots are now going away. The doctor said whatever it was is not active right now based on the blood work. She wants to see her back in 2 months. Before the last set of blood test came back negative the pediatrician suggested we see a pediatric rhumatologist. Now that she has negative blood work but still a positive ANA do we still need to see a pediatric rhumatologist. Please Advise

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   Posted 4/2/2010 1:05 AM (GMT -6)   
If she has no other symptoms I would be tempted to let things go, BUT...it was the rhuemy who suggested the ped rheumy, so you might go just to get a baseline and to find out what things you might watch out for...for instance, getting overly fatigued, staying out of the sun (it can trigger flares), other things like that.

She may already have symptoms that you aren't noticing as they are currently minor, but the ped's rheumy will know what to keep an eye out for and will know more about what is normal or not normal for a child that age -- something the rheumy you've already seen wouldn't be familiar with.

So my recommendation would be, YES, see the peds rheumy.
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   Posted 4/2/2010 2:21 AM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the information. After reading your post I looked at her lab work and it says 1:640 I now realize that is different from 1:64. Is it true that at least 10% of the population will have a positive ANA with no other symptoms. I am looking for a peds rheumy now.
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