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lchase71
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   Posted 8/8/2011 1:22 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi,
 
Just found this forum today as I was searching out some information.  I just have a couple of questions and would appreciate anyones advice.  Is a positive ANA test of 1:640 titre, pattern Homogenous considered High?  My 16 year old son was tested a few days ago and came back with these results.  He does have a butterfly rash across the bridge of his nose & cheeks (however it is not red, but dark brown in colour). Does the butterfly rash have to be red in order for it to be a symptom? He also has joint pain etc.  He is getting a anti-dsDNA/Chromatin & ENA test done tomorrow morning.  Is these indications of SLE or to early to tell?
 
I was diagnosed with SLE when I was pregnant with him. I have had quite severe flare-ups in the past, however, it has been in remission now for a couple of years.  Also the Dr started him on antibiotics today. Will these affect the test results for the anti-dsDNA & ENA?
 
Think I might just be paranoid as I know what he is in for if he is diagnosed with SLE and he's still quite young
 
Thanks in advance for any advice.

couchtater
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   Posted 8/8/2011 4:53 PM (GMT -6)   
It's still too early to yell "LUPUS!".
Wait for the results of tomorrow's tests. Make sure to tell the doctor he's on antibiotics.
Joy

lchase71
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   Posted 8/9/2011 5:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your response couchtater.  His 2nd lot of tests were done yesterday, so am just waiting on the results which will take a few weeks. He seems very unwell at the moment and looks to me as if he is in the middle of some type of flare-up. I wasn't sure if his ANA was considered low, med or high.
 
I know I'm probably being paranoid, but my oldest daughter died 6 years ago @ the age of 17 from a cerebellum infraction (stroke). She presented to me symptoms of lupus throughout her lifetime which the Dr's would not test her for due to age. Constant headaches most of her life, sensitivity to the sun, fatigue, rashes etc, general feeling of unwell although she tried to keep herself healthy. All of which my son exhibits with the addition of joint pain and dark coloured malar rash on his face. The only reason they tested our son was because my husband was persistent and wouldn't take No for an answer. The Dr finally agreed but only on the basis that I have SLE.
 
My niece is also under a genetics team testing for connective tissue/autoimmune disorders which have affected her heart. They are testing her for Marfans.
 
I'll just wait for the test results. I know a positive ANA could mean anything and not necessarily Lupus. Thanks again.

couchtater
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   Posted 8/9/2011 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry about your daughter. I hope you get some answers for your son.
Joy
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