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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. Chokkalingam Siva
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Rheumatoid Factor (Definition)

An "rf" is a blood test used to screen a person for the possibility of several autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis. It is important to remember that this is a screening test. A positive result only indicates more testing may be warranted, and a negative result does ...Read more


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What arthrotide conditions would cause a negative rheumatoid factor in blood panel?

What arthrotide conditions would cause a negative rheumatoid factor in blood panel?

Almost any: Almost any, including many with ra, and presence of rf does not make the diagnosis. Rf is found in a number of other phenomena and occasionally in healthy people. ...Read more

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Dad's ESR is 39 , c reactive protein and rheumatoid factor negative what could be the causes ?

Dad's ESR is 39 , c reactive protein and rheumatoid factor negative what could be the causes ?

Non specific: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, ESR is not specific for any disease or disorder. A value of 39 is that high for a 59 year old male. If he does not have any symptoms, if may not be worthwhile to chase a laboratory value. ...Read more

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Ebv cause elevated IgG and olioclonal bands yrs.After infection? And cause slightly elevated rheumatoid factor?

Ebv cause elevated IgG and olioclonal bands yrs.After infection? And cause slightly elevated rheumatoid factor?

Yes: Any chronic type infection can cause a disruption of your immune system, and can make lab test positive that are not often clinically relevant. For example, the rheumatoid factor does not mean that you hae rheumatoid arthritis especially if there is little clinical suspicion (this can be determined by your rheumatologist). ...Read more

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Have HCV, PCOS, anxiety. C-Reactive Protein (non hs) is 24 mg/L for past 3 months, first time ever. Rheumatoid Factor 104 as usual. Cause of high CRP?

Have HCV, PCOS, anxiety. C-Reactive Protein (non hs) is 24 mg/L for past 3 months, first time ever. Rheumatoid Factor 104 as usual. Cause of high CRP?

Probably from HCV: I assume HCV is hepatitis C. The rheumatoid factor (RF) is associated with rheumatoid arthritis. However it can also be positive in a variety of other conditions. HCV is one of them. The high CRP is non-specific measure of inflammation. Inflammation can come from infections, autoimmune diseases, or cancers. In you the high CRP and RF are most likely from the HCV. ...Read more

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What does a mildly positive rheumatoid factor test indicate?

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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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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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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In lupus, can you rheumatoid factor be negative? Or is it positive?

In lupus, can you rheumatoid factor be negative? Or is it positive?

Usually negative: Anti-nuclear antibodies are almost always positive if it's really lupus. These tests are fraught with technical pitfalls, and are never more than adjuncts to a clinical diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is seronegative RA? Is that Positive Rheumatoid Factor and negative Anti CCP?

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 ...Read more

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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


Dr. H. Hunter Handsfield
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Syphilis (Definition)

A sexually transmitted disease involving a ...Read more