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    anicka1963 posted:
    I'm 49 years old female.
    Two months ago i was diagnosed with cutaneus vasculitis (just on my legs) and my doctor send me to do some lab test. Blood test - normal, ANA - negative, antidsDNA - 88.8 IU/ml ( >55 IU/ml). So, i'am worried about this last result. Don't have any other symptom, except chronic nasal congestion and frequent muscle pain over my body that doesn't stop me from being daily active.
    I wonder,whether it can be Lupus?
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    R Swamy Venuturupalli, MD, FACR responded:
    Lupus is usually diagnosed using the American College of Rheumatology criteria. If a person has 4/11 criteria for lupus they meet the ACR classification criteria. These criteria contain both clinical features and laboratory features. Just having a positive test does not give you lupus and there are many instances of false positive lab tests. Please consult with a rheumatologist to determine if you have lupus. Please look over some of our previous posts regarding diagnosis. All the best.

    http://forums.webmd.com/3/lupus-exchange/tip/15/0#0

    http://forums.webmd.com/3/lupus-exchange/forum/3049/0#0

    http://forums.webmd.com/3/lupus-exchange/forum/2900/0#0


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