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Step 4: Read and complete the decision guide to learn more about your symptoms.

Positive ANA

Your positive ANA along with your skin problems could indicate SLE, lupus confined to the skin (usually with a negative ANA, however) or another rheumatologic disorder such as dermatomyositis. All of these conditions are associated with a positive ANA and can cause skin rashes.

In lupus, the most common problems are round, sharply defined skin inflammation about the size of a nickel or a quarter, called discoid lupus; sores in the mouth similar to "canker sores"; a rash across the bridge of the nose onto both cheeks (called a butterfly rash, or malar rash), and sensitivity to the sun, in which even brief exposure can cause fever, a significant rash or burn, and a generally ill feeling.

Do you have any of the following:

  • joint pain in multiple joints

  • sharp chest pain worsened by breathing or lying down

  • abdominal pain

  • a history of seizures or psychosis?

Yes, I have one or more of those problems.

No, I have none of those problems.

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