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Significance Of Positive Rheumatoid Factor
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Probably not: False positive rheumatoid factors are not uncommon. I am a little confused. If it is a false positive, why was it ordered in the first place? ...Read more
Usually negative: Anti-nuclear antibodies are almost always positive if it's really lupus. These tests are fraught with technical pitfalls, and are never more than adjuncts to a clinical diagnosis. ...Read more
Why have tests?: It is possible to have these lab findings and not have a disease, however, why did you have the tests done? If you have some symptoms that prompted the tests then you need be evaluated for possible auto-immune disorder. ...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)
Would 176 RA IgM factor be considered a low positive for rheumatoid factor. What would be considered a positive level. My ccp level is normal.
It is positive: The level is not as important as what is your clinical examination and other findings. The positive rheumatoid factor by itself does not mean you have arthritis. There are other things that you rheumatologist will look forward to help clarify whether the positive rheumatoid factor is due to rheumatoid arthritis or something else. ...Read more
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