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.

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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...

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...