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Dr. Chokkalingam Siva
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Rheumatoid Factor (Overview)

Rheumatoid factor (rf) is a test that is often sent to evaluate a person with joint pain and stiffness. A positive rf has to be interpreted in the context of the patients symptoms. Sometimes the + rf is false, and not clinically related to the patients symptoms. Rf can be +ve in other conditions such as infections and certain cancers. Some patients with rheumatoid arthritis have a negative rf.


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What does rheumatoid factor mean?

What does rheumatoid factor mean?

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 can also be present in healthy individuals with no known disease. By contrast, according to the national institutes of health, individuals with these types of diseases can have a low rheumatoid factor or none at all. ...Read more

Dr. Chokkalingam Siva
167 Doctors shared insights

Rheumatoid Factor (Overview)

Rheumatoid factor (rf) is a test that is often sent to evaluate a person with joint pain and stiffness. A positive rf has to be interpreted in the context of the patients symptoms. Sometimes the + rf is false, and not clinically related to the patients symptoms. Rf can be +ve in other conditions such as infections and certain cancers. Some patients with rheumatoid arthritis have a negative rf.


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Blood work results: "elevated rheumatoid factor & ccp c/w ra; elevated jo 1 (34h) & anti histone (1.2h) antibodies, mng" what should this mean to me?

Blood work results: "elevated rheumatoid factor & ccp c/w ra; elevated jo 1 (34h) & anti histone (1.2h) antibodies, mng" what should this mean to me?

See a rheumatologist: The rf and ccp would suggest RA strongly: the jo-1 can go along with polymyositis, but your rheumatologist would need to see if they thought you have that. ...Read more

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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis (Checklist)

Ask your doctor to adjust your medication if you experience breakthrough flares
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Having severe joint pain in hands and morning stiffness. Was checked for rheumatoid factor. My result was <10 and the standard range was 0-13.9IU/mL?

Having severe joint pain in hands and morning stiffness. Was checked for rheumatoid factor. My result was <10 and the standard range was 0-13.9IU/mL?

Change your food: Body is telling you it is inflamed. Fortunately not bad enough YET to make blood test abnormal. Most inflammation in body that can cause this is caused by inflammatory foods. These include: wheat, sugar, potatoes, and juice. Also partially hydrogenated oil and artificial sweeteners. This may be the warning shot across your bow, leaving you time to change quickly.
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Pain and swelling in my left wrist and palm numbing fingers severely traveling up left arm rapidly. Am 58, female, severely anemic, rheumatoid factor should be 1.40 is 175. This pain is so intense it hurts to breathe at times. My fingers are throbing yet

Pain and swelling in my left wrist and palm numbing fingers severely traveling up left arm rapidly. Am 58, female, severely anemic, rheumatoid factor should be 1.40 is 175. This pain is so intense it hurts to breathe at times. My fingers are throbing yet

? Carpal tunnel?: There are a number of possibilities ranging from a pinched nerve in your neck to a compressed nerve in your wrist (carpal tunnel syndrome). With this combination of problems, you should be evaluated by your doctor who can refer you to the proper specialists. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my rheumatoid factor is 7060?

What does it mean if my rheumatoid factor is 7060?

High value: I am assuming you had the test done because you were having joint pain and if this is so, it looks as though you may have rheumatoid arthritis. Some patients with high values like you have may require more aggressive treatment for your joint disease. See a rheumatologist if not doing so already. ...Read more

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What does having high rheumatoid factor mean?

What does having high rheumatoid factor mean?

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 in sarcoid, sjogren's, cryoglobulinemia, among others to name a few. A ccp antibody should be the next test obtained. If significantly positive, the DX is probably ra. ...Read more

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Is a 12 IU/ml rheumatoid factor normal on a 19 year old?

Is a 12 IU/ml rheumatoid factor normal on a 19 year old?

Yes: Anything under 60 is considered normal. You are well below that. ...Read more

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What's rheumatoid factor?

What's rheumatoid factor?

A protein in blood: Rheumatoid factor is a protein-igm- directed against another protein- igg in the blood and is seen in high frequency (>80%) of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. It is not specific for R.A. As it may be seen in other disease states a high concentration of rhuematoid factor is highly suspicious for the disease but it has to fit the patient's complaints and physical findings. ...Read more

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What does rheumatoid factor mean?

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 can also be present in healthy individuals with no known disease. By contrast, according to the national institutes of health, individuals with these types of diseases can have a low rheumatoid factor or none at all. ...Read more

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What does rheumatoid factor 5 mean?

Your question cannot: Can't answer your question. Rf of 5 tells me little. Rephrase it and i'll try again! ...Read more

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Can there be changes in rheumatoid factor?

Can there be changes in rheumatoid factor?

Depends!: If a patient has RA, RF will go down with traditional DMARD Rx: sulphasalazine, hydroxchloroquine, methotrexate. Humira and other TNF-a inhibitors do not! ...Read more

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Cost of a rheumatoid factor test or panel?

Cost of a rheumatoid factor test or panel?

Variable: Several online sites to order your own cash pay which are generally cheaper than in a hospital. Reputable one is lifeextension. Com. Can google others: "online lab tests". ...Read more

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What does having high rheumatoid factor mean?

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 in sarcoid, sjogren's, cryoglobulinemia, among others to name a few. A ccp antibody should be the next test obtained. If significantly positive, the DX is probably ra. ...Read more

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How and when can a rheumatoid factor be produced?

How and when can a rheumatoid factor be produced?

Anytime: Rheumatoid factor is a protein and may be found under various circumstances. Having a positive rheumatopid factor is not synonamous with having rheumatoid arthritis. Various protein abnormalities can procduce rheumatoid factor and it may be seen in other conditions as well. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my rheumatoid factor is 7060?

High value: I am assuming you had the test done because you were having joint pain and if this is so, it looks as though you may have rheumatoid arthritis. Some patients with high values like you have may require more aggressive treatment for your joint disease. See a rheumatologist if not doing so already. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is rheumatoid factor produced?

Can you tell me how is rheumatoid factor produced?

RF!: Rheumatoid factor is present in 5% of the population, while only about 1% have rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid factor is usually an igm moiety directed against the "tail" of igg! Any chronic immune stimulation, including infection, can cause a positive rf! ...Read more

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What does it mean if my rheumatoid factor is positive?

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 the only possibility. ...Read more

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What does a mildly positive rheumatoid factor test indicate?

It depends: A rheumatoid factor (RF) is a non-specific result. It can be positive in Rheumatoid Arthritis and a variety of other conditions. Many have a positive RF and have no disease at all (false positive). What's most important is your symptoms. Certain patterns of joint pain, stiffness and fatigue can be related to rheumatoid arthritis for example. Then the positive RF is significant. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: rheumatoid factor?

What is the definition or description of: rheumatoid factor?

RF assoc. With RA: Rheumatoid factor (rf) is a test that is often sent to evaluate a person with joint pain and stiffness. A positive rf has to be interpreted in the context of the patients symptoms. Sometimes the + rf is false, and not clinically related to the patients symptoms. Rf can be +ve in other conditions such as infections and certain cancers. Some patients with rheumatoid arthritis have a negative rf. ...Read more

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My rheumatoid factor test results was 8.6 what does that mean?

My rheumatoid factor test results was 8.6 what does that mean?

Uncertain: Sometimes elevated levels can be seen in totally normal individuals. Results must be interpreted only in the context of the signs and symptoms the patient is experiencing. What is more, the upper limits of normal testing can vary from laboratory to laboratory. Ask the doctor who ordered this. It measures igm anti-igg antibodies. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid factor 24 hi ; what diseases to be concerned about?

Rheumatoid factor 24 hi ; what diseases to be concerned about?

Rheumatod Arthritis: As I tell my pas, medical students, or any other person who orders a test, you need to know what you will do with the result of that test. For example if you had tha test done for joint pain it could suggest RA but is not diagnostic of it. If the test was done on a routine physical it may have little value. If the test was done for rheumatic complaints it could mean multiple issues. Talk with doc. ...Read more

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My rheumatoid factor is out of range 243 h what does this mean?

My rheumatoid factor is out of range 243 h what does this mean?

It depends: It depends on why the test was order and what your symptoms happen to be. A high rheumatoid factor can be seen in many clinical situations but is most commonly associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Have a ccp antibody done. This is a more specific test for ra. ...Read more

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Can there be large changes in rheumatoid factor over a few weeks?

Can there be large changes in rheumatoid factor over a few weeks?

Yes.: Particularly if taking dmards. These are drugs to treat ra. Rf levels are now reported in units rather than dilutions, so big drops do occur, and a a good sign that the medication is working. ...Read more

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What does a positive rheumatoid factor test result mean?

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 be evaluated in the context of the whole clinical picture and a positive rheumatoid factor, by itself, is not diagnostic of any disease. It supports a diagnosis rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune disorders. ...Read more

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Should I be worried if I have a false positive rheumatoid factor?

Probably not: False positive rheumatoid factors are not uncommon. I am a little confused. If it is a false positive, why was it ordered in the first place? ...Read more

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I did rheumatoid factor test and got 208 ui/ml what does that mean?

Rheumatoid factor: Did you also ask a question about c3? The two together indicate active autoimmune disease. You should see a theumatologist if you have not done so yet. It may explain your joint pain and stiffness. ...Read more

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Can the presence of rheumatoid factor be caused by a past history of syphilis?

Can the presence of rheumatoid factor be caused by a past history of syphilis?

Maybe.: Chronic syphilis is associated with rheumatoid factor, as any chronic infection can be. However, quickly treated case would not. Remeber, 5% of people have a positive rheumatoid factor and no disease. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Rheumatism (Definition)

"rheumatism" is an older term, not used much today. Most people are referring to pain and swelling in the joints when they use this term. People may mean something different when they use this term in contrast to when they refer ...Read more