Managing the Patient Who Tests Positive for Antinuclear Antibodies (ANA)

Positive anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) tests are associated with many autoimmune diseases such as lupus and thyroid disease. Dr. Rivas-Chacon will discuss the appropriate timing for ordering ANA tests and how to properly evaluate patients who present with symptoms of autoimmune diseases. 

Target Audience

Pediatricians, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeons, Pediatric Neurologists, Neonatologists, Infectious Disease Pediatricians, Pediatric Endocrinologists, Pediatric Pulmonologists, ED Physicians, Family Physicians, General Internists, Pediatric Plastic Surgeons, Physician Assistants, Pharmacists and Respiratory Therapists. 

Learning Objectives

  • Analyze the significance of a positive ANA in the pediatric population.
  • Determine when to order an ANA test, and effectively evaluate patients who test positive. 
Additional information
Bibliography: 
  • Rouster‐Stevens, K. A., Ardoin, S. P., Cooper, A. M., Becker, M. L., Dragone, L. L., Huttenlocher, A., ... & Stinson, J. N. (2014). Choosing Wisely: The American College of Rheumatology's Top 5 for Pediatric Rheumatology. Arthritis care & research, 66(5), 649-657.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 0.50 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance
Course opens: 
06/01/2016
Course expires: 
06/01/2018

Rafael F. Rivas-Chacon, M.D.
Pediatric Rheumatologist
Baptist Children’s and South Miami Hospitals
Miami, Florida
 

Rafael F. Rivas-Chacon, M.D., has indicated that he has received Grant/Research Support from Pfizer. Dr. Rivas-Chacon also indicated that his discussions will not include mention of investigational or off-label usage.

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Baptist Health South Florida designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Available Credit

  • 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 0.75 Florida Board of Pharmacy
  • 0.50 Florida Board of Respiratory Therapy
  • 0.75 General certificate of attendance

Accreditation Period

Course opens: 
06/01/2016
Course expires: 
06/01/2018
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