I am anemic and have abnormal dsdna antibodies, do I have Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)?
I am a 32 year old female. I recently went to the doctor complaining of tiredness and felt my hair was less thick. I was sent for blood test which revealed I was anemic and had abnormal dsdna antibodies. I have been referred to a rheumatologiet but there is a long wait. Does this mean it is likely I have SLE? Other then reflux and tiredness I have no specific symptoms
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A positive test result for double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) antibodies is consistent with the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus.
But it must be correlated with a person who has clinical signs and symptoms that suggest lupus.
As the presence of this anti-dsDNA can indicate a higher risk of lupus nephritis, kidney inflammation that can occur with lupus. This test can confirm the need to closely monitor the kidneys. Only half the people with lupus have a positive test, so a positive or negative test does not mean you have lupus.