What does positive ANA and RNP mean?

Anti-RNP antibody levels are elevated in 100% of patients with MCTD and 38%-44% of patients with SLE. Anti-RNP antibody testing is usually ordered after a positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) finding in a patient with high clinical suspicion for MCTD or SLE.

What is a very high RNP?

Antibodies to ribonucleoprotein, RNP, are found often in very high levels in patients with a variety of systemic rheumatic diseases, including SLE, progressive systemic sclerosis and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease, a distinct disease entity with overlapping clinical features of SLE, scleroderma, polymyositis and …

How serious is Mctd?

Mixed connective tissue disease can lead to serious complications, some of which can be fatal. Complications include: High blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary hypertension). This condition is a major cause of death in people with mixed connective tissue disease.

Which is autoantigen react with a RNP antibody?

Sera that contain RNP antibodies react predominately with the A and 68-kD autoantigens. Antibodies to RNP occur in approximately 50% of patients with lupus erythematosus (LE) and in patients with other connective tissue diseases, notably mixed connective tissue disease (MCTD).

Can a positive RNP antibody be a marker for any disease?

Interpretation. Although strongly associated with connective tissue diseases, RNP antibodies are not considered a “marker” for any particular disease except in the following situation: when found in isolation (ie, dsDNA antibodies and Sm antibodies are not detectable), a positive result for RNP antibodies is consistent with the diagnosis…

Which is Ena is anti RNP antibody directed against?

If the laboratory does not have such a protocol in place, it is prudent to send the positive sample for these studies. Anti-RNP antibodies are directed against the U1 particle of an extractable nuclear antigen (ENA) named ribonucleoprotein, [ 9] which is made up of a complex of proteins and a small nuclear RNA named U1. [ 10]

What are the low titers of anti RNP antibodies?

Low titers are associated with other rheumatologic diseases. Sensitivities of anti-RNP antibody in various rheumatologic diseases are as follows: MCTD: 95%-100%. Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE): 38%-44%. Discoid lupus erythematosus: 20%-30%. Scleroderma: 20%-30%. Rheumatoid arthritis: 10%.