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Columbus, OH
A 28-year-old female asked:

Knee pain and stiffness elevated esr pos ana fatigue normal x-ray family history of lupus and ra. does x-ray rule those out? what could be wrong

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Dr. Kenneth Merriman
Orthopedic Surgery 49 years experience
?: Knee xray only tells us how much gross damage or deformity is present what you are probably dealing with is inflammation you should discuss this with pcp and prbably get referral to rheumatologist could be either lupus or RA or both or possibly something else.
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Dr. Audie Rolnick
undefined 42 years experience
may get some clues as to the underlying problems by looking at X-ray, but ultimately agree with Dr. Merriman that further testing by rheumatologist and possible biopsy would be necessary
Feb 13, 2014
Last updated Jun 10, 2014


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