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   Posted 12/10/2013 10:12 AM (GMT -6)   
Question? Can a person have a positive ana with a nucleolar pattern be diagnosed with lupus?

I have had the same pattern for over a year but I have read it is more associated with sclerderma. I don't have the skin issues that I have read about with sclerderma.


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   Posted 12/15/2013 9:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I have no idea!

What you mentioned about the nuclear pattern being associated with sclerderma is what I've always seen. And speckled or peripheral (rim) pattern is connected with SLE.

I don't know how concrete these associations are, or if they overlap in some way. I wouldn't be too surprised if they aren't fairly fluid.

Let us know what you find out!
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