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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,,

ISBN 1853156310

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