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Can there be changes in rheumatoid factor?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
13 doctors agree

In brief: Depends!

If a patient has RA, RF will go down with traditional DMARD Rx: sulphasalazine, hydroxchloroquine, methotrexate.
Humira and other TNF-a inhibitors do not!

In brief: Depends!

If a patient has RA, RF will go down with traditional DMARD Rx: sulphasalazine, hydroxchloroquine, methotrexate.
Humira and other TNF-a inhibitors do not!
Dr. Thomas Namey
Dr. Thomas Namey
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Dr. Pierre Moeser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes, but

Yes, but it is not a useful way to track the effectiveness of treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
To assess treatment of RA, the doctor does a tender joint count, a swollen joint count, listens to symptoms, and will occasionally do follow-up X-rays or laboratory work such as a sedimentation rate or C-reactive protein.

In brief: Yes, but

Yes, but it is not a useful way to track the effectiveness of treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.
To assess treatment of RA, the doctor does a tender joint count, a swollen joint count, listens to symptoms, and will occasionally do follow-up X-rays or laboratory work such as a sedimentation rate or C-reactive protein.
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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: YES

Rheumatoid factors can change sometimes day to day and also how the test is done.
It also may change with the level of disease activity.

In brief: YES

Rheumatoid factors can change sometimes day to day and also how the test is done.
It also may change with the level of disease activity.
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Dr. PHILIP WALLER
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