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Approximately 25% of the population will have a positive anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) on a lab test at some point in their life. But what does this result mean?
Anti-nuclear antibodies are often a sign that there is some kind of autoimmune disease process occurring. But an elevated ANA will only give you information about certain autoimmune diseases and not others. Additionally, a positive ANA test is only informative if run with additional testing, including specific ANA markers, complement, coagulation panels, and inflammatory markers.
In this talk we will discuss the process of assessing when to run an ANA panel, what a positive ANA means, the different types of ANA testing to run, and additional testing that can be run to help clarify the significance of a positive ANA. Specific focus on new and innovative tests to help identify ANA conditions will be reviewed. We will also discuss the specific conditions commonly associated with ANA antibodies, pharmaceutical and naturopathic therapies for those with ANA conditions, and prognosis and management of certain ANA conditions.
**This presentation is worth 1.5 Category 1 CE credits, including 0.15 Pharmacology credit, for Washington-licensed NDs.**

(Originally presented May 7, 2023, at WANP's CONNECT 2023 conference.)