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Rheumatoid Arthritis And Gram Negative Bacteria
How often should one be tested for rheumatoid arthritis after negative test, though having symptoms?
Great question!: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disease that generally causes stiffness, swelling, and pain of the small joints of the body (wrists, fingers) in a symmetric manner. For the majority of patients with RA, rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP antibodies are found in the blood. However, these tests are not required to make the diagnosis if there are other findings on exam that are consistent with RA. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Most, no! -possible: Most RA patients are rheumatoid factor positive (> 95%). However, some rheumatoid factors are nit the IgM type detectable with standard assays. A more specific test is the ccp antibody. Rember, false positive rf tests are seen in up to %% of the population. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have negative test results on rheumatoid arthritis but i did a biopsy and its positif is that conclusive?Or it could be a false negative?
Inconclusive: These symptoms need to be directly observed by your doctor for a precise diagnosis. ...Read more
Arthritis: There are many types of arthritis, some of which are degenerative or post-traumatic. The other general kind of arthritis is inflammatory. The classification of type requires a history, examination, diagnostic x-rays, and if indicated, blood tests. Treatment is determined by type of arthritis. Not all patients with RA have positive blood tests. Occasionally, blood tests are done a few times. ...Read more
Not accurate for dz: Adding to other answer: so i'm assuming you are ana-positive and rf-negative. ANA is used to screen for lupus and other connective tissue diseases. Everyone with lupus has a positive ana, but not everyone with a positive ANA has lupus. Up to 33% of healthy people without lupus has a positive ana. That's a huge number. So there are many more people with a positive ANA without lupus than have lupus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible for someone who's 50 to have rheumatoid arthritis even if the blood work n X-ray was negative..??
No: There is a group of diseases called "seronegative arthritis." In this case, the lab tests do not demonstrate rheumatoid arthritis but do often show elevated levels of inflammation in the body. These diseases can have some similar symptoms to rheumatoid arthritis and are often treated using the same medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it possible to have little to no swelling with rheumatoid arthritis? Also, can your blood test negative and then be positive later?
Yes: Yes, there can be periods of increased as well as decreased synovial & soft tissue activity. Some immune testing may be more sensitive than others, with results varying with time as well. ...Read more
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