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my sister who is 29 was told that she might have arthritis and that she needed a ana test i dont quite understand


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Hi Becky and welcome to the forum.  When someone is suspected of having an autoimmune disease they are tested for many different things including an ana.  The ANA test is an anti-nuclear anitbody test. It tests for antibodies that are unusual in that they are found in people whose immune system MAY be predisposed to cause inflammation against it's own healthy tissue. The test by itself is not a determination of illness but can be an indicator combined with other tests and symptoms.
Do you know what symptoms your sister is having or what kind of doctor she is seeing?  
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