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Rheamtogist did blood test to check for a specific type of arthritis that affects the ankles what is it and what would the symptoms be?

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Sarcoid?: There is no specific type of arthritis that affects the ankles as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, etc. Can all affect the ankles. There is one form of sarcoid called lofgren's syndrome that sometimes shows a predeliction for the ankles. However, blood tests are often unreliable in diagnosing arthritis in general. The history and physical are of much greater value for diagnosis.

Answered 10/4/2016

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Usually when: You present to a doctor you are the one that tells the doctor your symptoms and from there the doctor tries to figure out what is wrong. The doctor is checking or something based on what you told him, so knowing your complaint or symptoms would help. Not sure, why you simply did not ask the doctor what they suspected or were ruling out and or why he didn't say hat he was looking for.

Answered 3/26/2013

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Possible sarcoidosis: Ankle involvement can be seen in numerous arthritic conditions. However, the involvement of ankles alone in a young woman raise the possibility of acute sarcoidosis, also known as lofgren's syndrome. A chest x ray is very valuable to help confirm this diagnosis.

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