I have a referral from my GP to a rheumatologist with an appointment scheduled for May. I am confused by the results of the blood work that was ordered by my GP. I am a 44-year old male in good health and no sickness symptoms. Experienced periodic Raynaud’s in one left toe 3 years ago which has increased to Raynaud’s in most toes of both feet multiple times per week in the winter months. I am not sure how my Raynaud’s symptoms relate to my ANA results. Does the fact that I have Raynaud’s “create” the ANA results? Or do the ANA results mean that I have some other disorder that is causing the Raynaud’s?
ANA screen by IFA says positive with titer 1:640. Speckled pattern. Notes say speckled nuclear staining pattern with distinct nuclear margins, unstained nucleoli and unstained chromosomes.
An ANA immunoassay panel was also done. This result says ANA immunoassay screen is negative. Are these conflicting results with the ANA IFA?
ds DNA Ab: <1.0
Sjogrens A Ab <0.2
Sjogrens B Ab <0.2
Anti-SM RNP <0.2
Anti JO-1 <0.2
Ribo P Ab <0.2
Scleroderma SCL-70 <0.2
Centromere AB IGG 0.5
Chromatin AB, IGG <0.2
My GP’s notes says that these results suggest I may have an underlying disorder related to my Raynaud’s but likely not a serious disorder.
Can someone provide any insight on these results to help me understand what my situation may and may not be?
Interpreting test results is best left to a doctor. I am glad you will be seeing a rheumatologist. I realize you want answers now but I would just be speculating and I do not want to do that. Your symptoms plus diagnostic and blood tests will help the doctor come to a diagnosis.
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