These antibody tests are often positive in lupus and can provide support for a diagnosis if the clinical criteria are unclear or if the ANA test is negative but lupus is strongly suspected.
Anti-dsDNA tests can be repeated at intervals to monitor how the disease is progressing.
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|Primary Medical Reviewer||Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology|
|Last Revised||May 10, 2012|
Last Revised: May 10, 2012
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