Does double-stranded DNA mean you have lupus?
People with lupus often have an antibody in the blood called anti-double-stranded DNA, also known as anti-dsDNA. This antibody targets double-stranded DNA, the material that makes up the body's genetic code. As lupus becomes more active, the level of anti-dsDNA autoantibodies can rise, indicating a greater risk of lupus nephritis, which can lead to kidney failure.
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