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How long for ANA test results?

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hi all, went to GP with a persistent rash on my face and she's done an ANA as is concerned about possibility of Lupus (as she says I'm "rather autoimmuney" - I've got coeliac and hashimotos). I have achey joints and recurrent mouth sores and thrush but really nothing major, I feel like I'm just not ill enough to have it (but admit I am really ignorant about it). Can anyone give me an idea now long their ANA test results took to come back - it's been 4 working days now. Thanks in advance. Tillyxx

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Paul_HowardAdministrator

Hi Tillyxx,

The length of time can vary depending on how busy the local lab is, but I think it typically takes around 2-3 weeks to get ANA results back.

Hi Paul. Thanks for the response. Mine came back pretty quickly in the end (less than 2 weeks) and were negative (1:160). I wonder if they’re quicker if negative? Thought I’d leave the info for future searches. Thanks again. Tilly

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Salzer in reply to Tillyxx

Hi Tilly, I'm not 100% sure but I think a 1:160 ANA result would be a lower positive, although I believe hashimoto's can also cause you to have a positive ANA. Maybe your doctor said that it was negative because the follow on ENA tests came back negative? I would double check with your doctor just to make sure you know the reason. Hopefully someone on here might have more knowledge than me! Hope you are feeling better. S

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Tillyxx in reply to Salzer

You are right the ENA and dsDNA were also negative so I assume that’s pretty conclusive. Really kind of you to check thank you

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Salzer in reply to Tillyxx

It just might be worth keeping an eye on, as after years of increasing symptoms and a gradually rising positive ANA but always negative ENA and dsDNA, I was diagnosed recently with UCTD and started treatment which is helping. Hopefully your symptoms will ease up but if they don't it might be worth asking your doctor about this. Wishing you all the best. S

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Tillyxx in reply to Salzer

Thanks Salzer. I did wonder if I should keep an eye. I tested negative for coeliac for years only to discover on biopsy I’d had it all the time. Wasn’t sure if this was more cut and dried. Thanks again hope you continue to improve. Tilly

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