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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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Female age 52 obese rheumatoid factor 640. Previous history prevails for 10 years not control with methatrax 5 mg per week pl rescue?

Female age 52 obese rheumatoid factor 640. Previous history prevails for 10 years not control with methatrax 5 mg per week pl rescue?

Too small a dose: A Methotrexate dose of 5 mg a week is incredibly small and almost never is effective. The first step is to increase the dose under the supervision of your doctor. The maximum dose for RA treatment is 25 mg weekly. ...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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Dr. Sheila Smith
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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)

Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease involving a ...Read more