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A 45-year-old female asked:

what is seronegative ra? is that positive rheumatoid factor and negative anti ccp?

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 35 years experience
Seronegative RA: is when the rheumatoid factor is negative, one other common type of these are referred to as seronegative spondyloarthropathies or other seronegative disorders associted with inflammatory disease. there is a wide range
Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Seronegative for RF!: If CCP positive, RA likely. If not positive for anti CCP, if joints are inflamed, you probably have a type of spondyloarthritis!

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