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Can you have rheumatoid arthritis without it showing up in blood tests?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Arthritis

There are many types of arthritis, some of which are degenerative or post-traumatic.
The other general kind of arthritis is inflammatory. The classification of type requires a history, examination, diagnostic x-rays, and if indicated, blood tests. Treatment is determined by type of arthritis. Not all patients with RA have positive blood tests. Occasionally, blood tests are done a few times.

In brief: Arthritis

There are many types of arthritis, some of which are degenerative or post-traumatic.
The other general kind of arthritis is inflammatory. The classification of type requires a history, examination, diagnostic x-rays, and if indicated, blood tests. Treatment is determined by type of arthritis. Not all patients with RA have positive blood tests. Occasionally, blood tests are done a few times.
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