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What does a positive rheumatoid factor test result mean?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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In brief: Auto-immune response

Rheumatoid factor is one of the auto-immune responses, however, it may also develop as a some what normal respose to infection.
Any lab test needs to be evaluated in the context of the whole clinical picture and a positive rheumatoid factor, by itself, is not diagnostic of any disease. It supports a diagnosis rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune disorders.

In brief: Auto-immune response

Rheumatoid factor is one of the auto-immune responses, however, it may also develop as a some what normal respose to infection.
Any lab test needs to be evaluated in the context of the whole clinical picture and a positive rheumatoid factor, by itself, is not diagnostic of any disease. It supports a diagnosis rheumatoid arthritis and other auto-immune disorders.
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