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What does it mean if I have a positive rheumatoid factor

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Auto-immune response: Rheumatoid factor is one of the auto-immune responses, however, it may also develop as a some what normal respose to infection. Any lab test needs to... Read More

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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
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
Dr. Michael Laccheo
Dr. Michael Laccheoanswered
Rheumatology 15 years experience
Many: There are multiple causes for joint pain as well as positive rheumatoid factors other than ra. You need a good examination to determine what is the ca... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
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 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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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 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
It is positive: The level is not as important as what is your clinical examination and other findings. The positive rheumatoid factor by itself does not mean you have... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
Internal Medicine 59 years experience
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
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lages
Rheumatology 68 years experience
They don`t mean much: These tests are within normal limits and don`t mean much. Tests can be negative in the presence of disease and positive in normal people. Diagnoses ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
Rheumatoid factor is: An antibody that is not normally found in the blood, so your body's production of it may indicate RA or another connective tissue disease. However, it... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Your question cannot: Can't answer your question. Rf of 5 tells me little. Rephrase it and i'll try again!
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
The higher more sign: The higher the titer of rf, the more likely it is a significant indicator of an automimmune disease, most likely ra. However it can be quite elevated... Read More

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