Top answers from doctors based on your search:
Disclaimer

what does it mean if i have a positive rheumatoid factor

A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Waldman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Arthritis: There are many causes of arthritis. It sounds like you have had some medical care for this before. I would recommend seeing your physician or rheuma ... Read More

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Why have tests?: It is possible to have these lab findings and not have a disease, however, why did you have the tests done? If you have some symptoms that prompted th ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
See details: The rheumatoid factor is not that specific. The ccp antibody is much more specific for ra. If you have joint pain and swelling, RA is a major, but not ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience Internal Medicine
Slight elevation: This is a slight elevation of your Rheumatoid factor WHICH IS SEEN IN A LOT OF DISORDERS BESIDES heumatoid arthritis! You should see a Rheumatologist ... Read More
1
1 thank
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edwin Schuller
44 years experience Family Medicine
Positive ANA: But a positive ANA does not mean you have lupus. A good history and physical as well as confirmatory blood work by your physician or a rheumatologist ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: Women who have been pregnant often have HLA antibodies. Their blood can cause side effects if transfused. If you need an organ transplant, it may make ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: Almost all women who have had children have antibodies to HLA of the baby's father. It can result from blood transfusion and organ transplant. Donated ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Greenfield
40 years experience Rheumatology
Could mean anything: Positive ANA is a screening test. It is often done to assess for connective tissue disease but there is a high false positive rate. The titer( ie le ... Read More
3
3 thanks
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Impossible to say: If is a positive ana, it may mean something or mean nothing. Anas are nonspecific and can be positive in numerous other diseases or even in normal peo ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Ekizian
19 years experience Internal Medicine
Stress test: Stress testing is an important modality for evaluating patients with known or suspected coronary heart disease (chd). When you take a treadmill (or ex ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wolfe
31 years experience Pain Management
Perhaps nothing.: Ask your physician if he has any explanation for your positive test. This can often be found from the use of certain medications. I suspect he/she a ... Read More
3
3 thanks
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Nada without disease: If you do not have a clinical disease or symptoms then it simply means you have a positive test ( maybe 1/3 of the population has a "positive" test). ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Natalie Geary
29 years experience Pediatrics
Smoking and children: You should not be smoking at all, of course. But second hand smoke causes many problems for the baby including an increased risk of ear infections. An ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Danny Westmoreland
35 years experience Family Medicine
Groupings: The blood is separated by antibodies into a, b and o. Then by factors that can be present or absent giving the positive or negative. However the blo ... Read More
3
3 thanks
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Easy screen: This is a cheap, easy, and reliable screening test for syphilis. Should it turn up positive, your physician may want to get something quantitative, w ... Read More
A 27-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Normal: About 80% of the people are rh positive. It also means that your baby will not be at risk of developing hemolytic disease due to rh incompatibility.
2
2 thanks
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
What test: It is likely that you have an antibody to toxoplasmosis and it means that you had an infection with this organism. If my assumption is correct, it doe ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
40 years experience Pediatrics
IMMUNE PROBLEM: Both tests detect prior exposure to TB. A situation of diminished immune function, called anergy, can make the skin test appear negative. If you have ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Need to see a doc: If tongue is speckled and ulcerated not good. If it is speckled but no ulcer could be yeast or issues with gut.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
D-dimer: D-dimer is tested in the blood when there is a concern for a blood clot. As blood clots in the body begin to breakdown, certain proteins are released ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Edwin Ishoo
27 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
COLD SORES: Cold sores are caused by Herpes Simplex Virus 1 or 2. If you've been told you have a positive titer, you most likely have antibody to HSV 1 which is m ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
26 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends.: The ANA is a very nonspecific test. It can be elevated in a wide variety of illnesses and in health. If you have no symptoms an ANA will not give yo ... Read More
2
2 thanks
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Contradiction: in terms. If you have antibodies to HSV, you tested positive and are infected with HSV.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Personalized answers
Free
Talk to a doctor
Unlimited visits
$10/month