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What are the tests for polymyalgia rheumatica?

What are the tests for polymyalgia rheumatica?

None, really: There are no tests that prove you have it, but typically your doctor will check your inflammatory markers (esr/crp) and other tests to rule out other possibilities. ...Read more

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What are tests for diagnosis for cerebrovascular disease?

What are tests for diagnosis for cerebrovascular disease?

Cerebrovascular: Mra's, carotid dopplers, and carotid computed tomographic angiograms provide the structural backdrop for assessing the cerbrovasculature. ...Read more

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What are the laboratory tests for rheumatoid arthritis?

What are the laboratory tests for rheumatoid arthritis?

None definitive: Rheumatoid factor, C-reactive protein and sedimentation rate are the most frequently ordered test but it is a clinical diagnosis only confirmed by blood tests. It rarely starts in the neck. Neck pain is very complex and the treatment and cure is well covered in my book, Stop Your Neck Pain and Headache Now. ...Read more

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What are the tests for polyarteritis nodosa?

What are the tests for polyarteritis nodosa?

Polyarteritis nodosa: Diagnosis made by clinical suspicion based on patient symptoms and findings .Lab findings may include elevated wbc, ESR , CRP and in some patients positive p-anca when pan involves small vessels , positive hep b or c ag or a/b in some patients . Angiogram shows typical beaded medium or small arteries with aneurysms. Biopsy of affected tissues shows arteritis. Sural nerve is commonly biopsied. ...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 tests for lupus?

What are tests for lupus?

See details.: Start with an ana. If that is positive check for dna, ena, ssa and ssb antibodies. If the ANA is negative, i strongly suggest that no other tests be done. ...Read more

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Are there good tests for rheumatoid arthritis?

Are there good  tests for rheumatoid arthritis?

Yes: I still mostly rely on the patient’s history and physical exam. A few blood tests can help support a diagnosis of RA: anti CCP antibody, RF for example. If these are present it suggests a worse prognosis. Joint x rays with early symptoms are often normal. More studies are defining the role of musculoskeletal ultrasound and MRI of the joints in helping us diagnose rheumatoid arthritis early. ...Read more

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I tested positive for lupus and negative for rheumatoid arthritis. How accurate are these tests?

I tested positive for lupus and negative for rheumatoid arthritis. How accurate are these tests?

Tests are accurate: If you have the right tests theses are quite accurate.You should discuss with your doctor who ordered the tests, because he knows your clinical history and will be able to explain the results to you.I can not answer without knowing the tests which were done. ...Read more

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What are the tests for reiter's syndrome?

What are the tests for reiter's syndrome?

Reiter's is syndrome: Reiter's syndrome is exactly that. Orinally decribed as arthritis following a bacterial dysentery, it now more commonly follows a chlamydial infection (venereal). Mosts patient or either hla-b27 positive or have a cross reactive hla type, such as b40 (60). There is a strong genetic component. The CRP should elevated, as would some gammaglobulins. ...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 tuberculosis diagnosis?

What are the tests for tuberculosis diagnosis?

2 types.: Standard tuberculin skin testing and TB blood testing (quantiferon and t-spot). Both only tell if a person has been infected with TB bacteria. It does not tell if the person is has latent TB or TB disease. Sputum and cxr will determine whether a person has TB disease. ...Read more

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What are the tests for dermatomyositis?

What are the tests for dermatomyositis?

Several.: While a muscle biopsy is most definitive, emgs, elevation of muscle enzymes, positive ana, reflexed to specific autoantibodies frequently seen in dm. But the clinical picture is most telling. This diseasec should be managed by a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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How many blood tests are taken to test for rheumatoid arthritis?

How many blood tests are taken to test for rheumatoid arthritis?

Basic two: Rheumatoid factor (rf) and cyclic citrinullated peptide (ccp) are the two tests that help confirm a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis. Other tests are done to measure inflammation, determine which drugs may be used, etc. Note: the rf and ccp only help confirm the diagnosis. The presence of an antibody does not definitively make the diagnosis. Also, persons may have RA and be rf and ccp negative. ...Read more

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How can doctors test for autoimmune disease? Are there specific tests?

How can doctors test for autoimmune disease? Are there specific tests?

Autoimmune Disease: When you have an autoimmune disease, your body produces antibodies against some of your own tissues. Diagnosing an autoimmune disease involves identifying the antibodies your body is producing. Tests may include: antinuclear antibody tests, autoantibody tests, complete blood count (cbc), c-reactive protein (crp), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (esr). ...Read more

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What tests are needed for diagnosing cushings disease?

What tests are needed for diagnosing cushings disease?

Complicated: Cushings syndrome is diagnosed by first having a clinical suspicion followed by careful testing: late night salivary cortisol, urinary cortisol or a Dexamethasone suppression test. Tests must be clearly and reproducibly abnormal. Further identification of the cause of the syndrome needs to be tailored to your particular situation. ...Read more

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What are the tests for wegener's granulomatosis?

What are the tests for wegener's granulomatosis?

ANCA and biopsy: The most useful blood test is an anca with titer and pattern, and pr3/mpo confirmation. Biopsy of the affected tissue is also important. Imaging studies of the lungs and sinuses can be useful as well as blood and urine tests looking for kidney damage. Finally, EMG might be needed if there is concern for nerve damage. ...Read more

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Please describe the tests for celiac disease?

Please describe the tests for celiac disease?

Blood tests: Blood tests for antibodies to tissue transglutaminase and deamidated gliadin are hte usual starting tests. Let your doctor pick the order of testing as an alogirthm allows for more efficient testing, depending on initial findings. ...Read more

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What are the tests for sarcoidosis?

What are the tests for sarcoidosis?

See below: Tests many times are directed at the symptoms or physical findings. There is a blood test called an ace level which is positive in 2/3 of patients with sarcoid. Chest xray may show abnormalities. Biopsy of enlarged lymph nodes or other organ biopsy such as the lungs may be needed. Some patients will have anemia, increased inflammation markers such as a sed rate or crp. ...Read more

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What are blood tests for Lyme disease?

ELISA/West blot.: The 2 main tests are elisa and western blot. Elisa or serology is used for screening to see if there is an antibody response to the b. Burgdorferi spirochete responsible for the disease, while the western blot is a specific test that makes sure the positive response is to this and not a false positive, or a reaction to something else. Pcr, or polymerase chain reaction is another possible test. ...Read more

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What are the tests for pseudogout?

What are the tests for pseudogout?

Look for crystal in: Analysis of joint fluid. Your doctor inserts a needle into your joint to extract a small sample of joint fluid for analysis with a microscope. He or she looks for cppd crystals in the fluid. X-rays. X-rays of your knee can reveal other conditions caused by cppd crystals, such as crystal deposits in the joint cartilage (chondrocalcinosis) and joint damage. ...Read more

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