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aimsgirl16
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   Posted 8/22/2011 12:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey guys. I have recently had almost every blood test done imaginable (for a clinicial trial) and just got my labs from it back a few days ago. And I kid you not about every blood test...they took 23 tubes of blood!!!! The thing I noticed is my ANA changed from the speckeled pattern to the homogeneous pattern. I haven't been able to find out very much information about ANA's changing patterns. This was something new to me and just wanted to learn more about what causes the change!!!
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couchtater
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   Posted 8/22/2011 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
From what I've read the pattern can change just like the titers can change.
 
This is a quote from the "Scleroderma Voice," 2002 Issue #1
 
"Both the pattern and the titer (concentration) may change, and certain patterns are indicative of specific autoimmune diseases."
Joy

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Lynnwood
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   Posted 8/22/2011 3:34 PM (GMT -6)   
There is good info about the patterns in the Lupus Resources sticky at the top of the page. Never heard of it changing, though!
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   Posted 8/22/2011 3:35 PM (GMT -6)   
* The pattern of the ANA test can sometimes be helpful in determining which autoimmune disease is present and which treatment program is appropriate.
- The homogeneous, or smooth pattern is found in a variety of connective tissue diseases, as well as in people taking particular drugs, such as certain antiarrhythmics, anticonvulsants or antihypertensives.
- This homogenous pattern is also the one most commonly seen in healthy individuals who have positive ANA tests.
- The speckled pattern is found in SLE and other connective tissue diseases
- The peripheral, or rim pattern is found almost exclusively in SLE.
- The nucleolar pattern, with a few large spots, is found primarily in people who have scleroderma.
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lucysgd
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   Posted 8/22/2011 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm wondering if the pattern changes have anything to do with different labs?  That said, from the same lab I have had different patterns show up over the course of a year or so, and one time they indicated two patterns simultaneously....around the time my ANA was :1280.   The rheumatologist didn't so much as raise an eyebrow.
Would love to hear any explanations.....

aimsgirl16
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   Posted 8/26/2011 6:58 PM (GMT -6)   
okay, something else i was thinking and don't understand when i read. what is the difference between a postive ANA of 1:320 or a negative ANA of 1:320???
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Lynnwood
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   Posted 8/26/2011 7:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Positive ANA generally means non-zero. Negative ANA generally means zero. I think some drs or labs call things positive/negative on some floating criteria that they just make up!!!
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aimsgirl16
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   Posted 8/26/2011 9:22 PM (GMT -6)   
Ok! That makes since. Maybe this is why I think I am losing my mind!!! Thanks Lynn!
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