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What does rheumatoid factor mean?

What does rheumatoid factor mean?

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

Dr. Chokkalingam Siva
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Rheumatoid Factor (Definition)

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


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What does rheumatoid factor 5 mean?

What does rheumatoid factor 5 mean?

Your question cannot: Can't answer your question. Rf of 5 tells me little. Rephrase it and i'll try again! ...Read more

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What does having high rheumatoid factor mean?

What does having high rheumatoid factor mean?

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

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What does it mean if my rheumatoid factor is 7060?

What does it mean if my rheumatoid factor is 7060?

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

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What does it mean if my rheumatoid factor is positive?

See details: The rheumatoid factor is not that specific. The ccp antibody is much more specific for ra. If you have joint pain and swelling, RA is a major, but not the only possibility. ...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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My rheumatoid factor is out of range 243 h what does this mean?

My rheumatoid factor is out of range 243 h what does this mean?

It depends: It depends on why the test was order and what your symptoms happen to be. A high rheumatoid factor can be seen in many clinical situations but is most commonly associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Have a ccp antibody done. This is a more specific test for ra. ...Read more

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What does a positive rheumatoid factor test result mean?

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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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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What does this mean on rheumatoid factor 1rf < 10.0 <20 iu/m1 sjogren's antibodies are still pending?

Tests for auto-: Immunity. There are a number of test for auto-immune processes. One of those is rheumatoid factor, which is negative in your case. Another test, sjogren's antibodies has not been completed yet. ...Read more

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If my rheumatoid factor was negative does that mean the ccp blood test will likely be negative as well?

If my rheumatoid factor was negative does that mean the ccp blood test will likely be negative as well?

Yes: 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

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What does rheumatoid factor mean for pregnancy?

What does rheumatoid factor mean for pregnancy?

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

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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)

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)

Slight elevation: This is a slight elevation of your Rheumatoid factor WHICH IS SEEN IN A LOT OF DISORDERS BESIDES heumatoid arthritis! You should see a Rheumatologist for a more complete work-up!
Hope this helps
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I got a weak positive ANA and negative rheumatoid factor. What does this mean?

I got a weak positive ANA and negative rheumatoid factor. What does this mean?

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

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I have a high rheumatoid factor and MRI findings suggest synovitis. Does this mean that I have ra?

I have a high rheumatoid factor and MRI findings suggest synovitis. Does this mean that I have ra?

Probably: The presence of a positive blood test for rheumatoid factor and also radiologic evidence for synovitis would make the diagnosis highly likely. A rheumatologist could sit down with you and potentially confirm the diagnosis. Thank you for the question. ...Read more

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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?

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?

RA: Elevated rheumatoid factor and synovitis are consistent with rheumatoid arthritis, but in and of themselves not diagnostic. Speak with your doctor about what these findings mean in the context of your complete clinical picture. ...Read more

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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?

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?

See a rheumatologist: The rf and ccp would suggest RA strongly: the jo-1 can go along with polymyositis, but your rheumatologist would need to see if they thought you have that. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Wrong tests!: You need to get a CCP antibody test. Your low titer RF may be meaningless, and 5% of the population has one. The CCP test is much more specific for RA! ...Read more

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What's rheumatoid factor?

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

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Can there be changes in rheumatoid factor?

Can there be changes in rheumatoid factor?

Depends!: If a patient has RA, RF will go down with traditional DMARD Rx: sulphasalazine, hydroxchloroquine, methotrexate. Humira and other TNF-a inhibitors do not! ...Read more

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Cost of a rheumatoid factor test or panel?

Variable: Several online sites to order your own cash pay which are generally cheaper than in a hospital. Reputable one is lifeextension. Com. Can google others: "online lab tests". ...Read more

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How and when can a rheumatoid factor be produced?

Anytime: Rheumatoid factor is a protein and may be found under various circumstances. Having a positive rheumatopid factor is not synonamous with having rheumatoid arthritis. Various protein abnormalities can procduce rheumatoid factor and it may be seen in other conditions as well. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how is rheumatoid factor produced?

Can you tell me how is rheumatoid factor produced?

RF!: Rheumatoid factor is present in 5% of the population, while only about 1% have rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid factor is usually an igm moiety directed against the "tail" of igg! Any chronic immune stimulation, including infection, can cause a positive rf! ...Read more

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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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What is the definition or description of: rheumatoid factor?

What is the definition or description of: rheumatoid factor?

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

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Rheumatoid factor 24 hi ; what diseases to be concerned about?

Rheumatoid factor 24 hi ; what diseases to be concerned about?

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

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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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Rheumatoid factor in pregnancy?

Rheumatoid factor in pregnancy?

Not specific: Rheumatoid factor is the response of the body to a chronic problem. The exact problem needs to be identified. Although there are lots of reasons your physician will need to clarify why the rheumatoid factor is present. Is unlikely that pregnancy is the reason. ...Read more

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What is postpartum rheumatoid factor?

What is postpartum rheumatoid factor?

RF detected postpart: This is a poor term, meaning a rf detected postpartum. But it also refers to a flare in ra, or the appearance of RA after pregnancy. Such, these are poor definitions, even though arthritis can flare frequently after a delivery! ...Read more

Dr. Marvin Ott
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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