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What are some of the tests for Arthritis?

What are some of the tests for Arthritis?

Multiple: There are radiologic studies which can include X-ray, MRI, ct scan, arthrogram. There is blood work. The physical exam itself is a "test" that can give the examiner a good idea as to possible causes of painful joints as well. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What are the tests that shall confirm ARTHRITIS?

What are the tests that shall confirm ARTHRITIS?

X-rays: best test: Simple X-rays are often one of the best initial screening tests to evaluate for arthritis. Lower extremity x-rays are best performed in a weight bearing format to show the joints in a "worst case scenario" setting. ...Read more

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What sort of test do they do for someone with arthritis?

What sort of test do they do for someone with arthritis?

See below: If the arthritis is confined to a single joint, maybe only an xray. If there is arthritis in multiple joints on both sides of the body, certain blood tests may be run looking for rheumatoid arthritis or similar conditions. These include, rheumatoid factor, antinuclear antibody, anti ccp antibody, sedimentation rate, c reactive protein, uric acid levels among others. ...Read more

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Can a 28 year old have arthritis? What tests would be done?

Can a 28 year old have arthritis? What tests would be done?

Yes: yes they can ,you need to see a reuhmatology specialist to order the appropriate tests and make the right diagnosis,and five you the proper treatment. test could start with X ray and will include blood test to check on your immune system,and the health of other organs that night effective with the treatment plan,like kidney,and liver. ...Read more

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How much does it cost to get a battery of tests for arthritis?

How much does it cost to get a battery of tests for arthritis?

Depends on your insu: It depends on the lab, the lab test being performed, and the guidance and rules of your insurance company if you have insurance. We order tests that are appropriate for a rheumatology evaluation that is specific to you and your problems. Besides for lab tests there's also imaging, ultrasound, x-ray, mri. Because of that i can i give you a specific price, and this would have to be between your phy. ...Read more

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If I test negative on the arthritis test does that mean that I will never get arthritis?

If I test negative on the arthritis test does that mean that I will never get arthritis?

No: There is no blood or urine test to diagnose osteoarthritis. A large number of pts with rheumatoid arthritis are sero-negative (test negative). There are many other arthritis ( reactive, psoriatic etc) that have no specific test. ...Read more

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What if i test negative on the arthritis test does it mean that i will never get arthritis?

What if i test negative on the arthritis test does it mean that i will never get arthritis?

Smoking and children: You should not be smoking at all, of course. But second hand smoke causes many problems for the baby including an increased risk of ear infections. And anything you put in your body will last bewteen feedings including nicotine, alcohol, etc. ...Read more

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Why won't my dr tell me what kind of arthritis i have? Have had all kinds of test, never received a diagnosis. Don't make since, not being treated.

Why won't my dr tell me what kind of arthritis i have? Have had all kinds of test, never received a diagnosis. Don't make since, not being treated.

Doesn't know: Maybe the doctor doesn't know the exact type of arthritis, as there are over 100 different types. http://goo.gl/rxbkd you might want to see a different doctor and see if that helps. ...Read more

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What are the tests for psoriatic arthritis?

What are the tests for psoriatic arthritis?

Auto-immune tests: Many forms of arthritis, are auto-immune disorders, where the body mistakenly form antibodies against it's own cells or parts of the cell, such as the nucleus (ana=anton-nuclear antibody). There are now many very specific antibodies that can be measured that could suggest or clinch the diagnosis of a particular arthritis or autoimmune disease, including psoriasis. ...Read more

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What are the tests for arthritis - arthralgia?

Clinical eval +++: The most important 'test' is--as usual--the diagnostic tool between the physician's ears. Any well versed specialist in the field of arthritis (rheumatology) knows that hearing exactly what the details are given by the pt (history) and a careful, thorough exam of all parts of the body, will yield a dx, or at least what tests to order. Some: esr, crp, antibodies to own cells, cbc, etc. ...Read more

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What lab tests are used for arthritis?

What lab tests are used for arthritis?

Clinical eval +++: The most important 'test' is--as usual--the diagnostic tool between the physician's ears. Any well versed specialist in the field of arthritis (rheumatology) knows that hearing exactly what the details are given by the pt (history) and a careful, thorough exam of all parts of the body, will yield a dx, or at least what tests to order. Some: esr, crp, antibodies to own cells, cbc, etc. ...Read more

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What are the tests for gouty arthritis?

What are the tests for gouty arthritis?

See below: Two tests: one is a blood test which tests the level of uric acid in your blood. The second on is a test of the joint fluid in the affected joints or joint that looks for urate crystrals under a microscope. These crystals look like needles which can feel like needles as well. ...Read more

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Is there a definitive test for arthritis?

Is there a definitive test for arthritis?

It depends: Inflammatory arthritis have many blood markers that can be tested for. Although they are not 100% predictive they are very good. There is no blood test for osteoarthritis (the wear and tear of joints). Good ole' fashion plain film x-rays provide insight into the status of your joints and can diagnose osteoarthritis. ...Read more

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Are there good tests for rheumatoid arthritis?

Are there good  tests for rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: The anti-ccp antibody and rheumatoid factor are the best and are positive in 85% of people with rheumatoid arthritis. A good history and examination by a physician experienced with rheumatoid arthritis is the only real way to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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How accurate are blood tests in diagnosing arthritis?

How accurate are blood tests in diagnosing arthritis?

It all depends: Lab tests are used to confirm what the history and physical exam suggest. Many forms of arthritis cannot be diagnosed with blood tests. Blood tests are most helpful when they are relatively specific for one type of arthritis, for example the ccp antibody in ra. ...Read more

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My blood test said negative for arthritis, could I still have it?

My blood test said negative for arthritis, could I still have it?

Yes: A significant number of patients with rheumatoid arthritis will have a negative rheumatoid factor at the time of initial evaluation. There is no single blood test which allows one to make a definitive diagnosis of ra. The diagnosis of RA is made on the basis of clinical, historical and laboratory criteria. ...Read more

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Plz list the specific tests to diagnose arthritis and lupus. Thanks.

Plz list the specific tests to diagnose arthritis and lupus. Thanks.

Medicine Culture: Medicine does not work this way. There is a system of following a line of tests to their obvious conclusion based upon the test results that come back in the progression. None of us here would even consider replacing your doctor on the ground from doing their job and interpreting the results from their tests. ...Read more

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What are the name of the tests used to diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

RF and CCP: The most important element in diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is your history. The duration of your symptoms and pattern of joint involvement are important. Having someone experienced in examining your joints is critical. Although the blood tests (rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP antibodies), can help make a diagnosis, they must be interpreted in the context of your symptoms and exam. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more