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Rheumatoid Factor 20 Means
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
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 ...Read more
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
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
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
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
If my rheumatoid factor was negative does that mean the ccp blood test will likely be negative as well?
Rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP antibodies are commonly found in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). If a patient with RA has +RF and +CCP, it indicates they will likely have a more aggressive disease.
Usually, both RF and CCP are positive in RA. It is RARE to have CCP positive without +RF. ...Read more
Depends on why: The rheumatoid factor blood test is designed to confirm rheumatoid arthritis in patients who have the symptoms and the physical signs of rheumatoid arthritis (ra). If there is no hard evidence to suspect ra, the test is worthless as it cannot diagnose RA just by being positive. There are numerous causes for a false positive rheumatoid factor. Healthy individuals may have a positive test. ...Read more
I went to get tested to see if I have rheumatoid arthritis and the result came back positive. What does Rheumatoid Factor H12 mean? < 10 kU/L (range)
They don`t mean much: These tests are within normal limits and don`t mean much. Tests can be negative in the presence of disease and positive in normal people. Diagnoses depend on a competent physician who does a proper history and physical exam and uses tests and x-rays and others to arrive at a diagnosis. Don`t over depend on tests. ...Read more
I have a high rheumatoid factor and MRI findings suggest synovitis. Does this mean that I have ra?
What to do if I have a high rheumatoid factor and MRI findings suggest synovitis. Does this mean What to do if I have ra?
Blood test for rheumatoid factor was <10. Does this mean less than 10 and normal meaning I do not have arthritis?
Rheumatoid factor: Not necessarilyGet a more detailed answer ›
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?
I got my Rheumatoid factor blood test 23 IU/ml, anti - HCV negative. What does it means? I'm experiencing muscle pain & muscle twitching. Any advice?
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
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
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
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
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