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Latest Anti-nuclear antibody Stories

2011-01-04 14:10:00

New research finds pattern for detecting 'false-positive' ANA results The presence of antinuclear antibodies (ANA) indicates the possibility of autoimmunity and the indirect immunofluorescence (IIF) assay on HEp-2 cells is the standard blood test (ANA-HEp-2) used to detect ANA. However, studies have shown that a "false-positive" ANA test occurs in up to 13% of healthy individuals. In such cases the test detects the presence of autoantibodies that apparently are not associated with...

2010-11-08 11:17:42

New research from Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) suggests that up to 40 percent of scleroderma patients will not be correctly diagnosed with the disorder using a new automated commercial screening test. The findings of the study will be presented Wednesday, November 10th at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Rheumatology in Atlanta, Georgia. The American College of Rheumatology recommends immunofluorescence antinuclear antibody (IF-ANA) testing to help...

2004-11-26 03:00:10

Cerebellar atrophy has been recognized as an occasional feature of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)1,2 but not systemic sclerosis. CASE HISTORY The patient was a woman whose illness had begun at the age of 40 with Raynaud's phenomenon, progressing to distal necrosis and ulceration of fingertips, with sclerosis of the hands, feet and face. The results of investigation were consistent with systemic sclerosis (SS). Subsequently she reported heartburn and regurgitation, and oesophageal...