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Conditions in which antinuclear antibodies are found

· Systemic lupus erythematosus

· Scleroderma

· Sjögren's syndrome

· Rheumatoid arthritis

· Chronic active hepatitis

· Chronic infections

· Old age

· Polymyositis

· Dermatomyositis

Antinuclear antibodies are abnormal antibodies that work against the body's tissues, ie 'autoantibodies'. We all have some autoantibodies, but approximately 5 per cent of people have a large amount and, as such, have more of a propensity for developing an autoimmune condition, some of which are listed above.

Taken from An Essential Medical Miscellany by Dr Ayan Panja,

Royal Society of Medicine Press Limited, www.rsmpress.co.uk,

ISBN 1853156310

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