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Can the presence of rheumatoid factor be caused by a past history of syphilis?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Maybe.

Chronic syphilis is associated with rheumatoid factor, as any chronic infection can be.
However, quickly treated case would not. Remeber, 5% of people have a positive rheumatoid factor and no disease.

In brief: Maybe.

Chronic syphilis is associated with rheumatoid factor, as any chronic infection can be.
However, quickly treated case would not. Remeber, 5% of people have a positive rheumatoid factor and no disease.
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