Here is what the Lupus Organization says about
ANA patterns. There is more info available in the sticky thread "Lupus Resources" at the top of the Lupus page.
* 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.
Is it a rheumy who you are seeing? If this is an auto-immune disease there are prescript
ion preventatives that might help you (like Plaquenil) keep the disease in check.
Yes, it's positive that you won't get anything at all - but you should be ab;e to get the symptoms under control fairly easily.
Lynnwood, Lupus & Sjogren's Moderator, Dx: 2002DIAGNOSING LUPUS & LUPUS RESOURCES
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