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My blood test said negative for arthritis, could I still have it?

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Dr. Carlos Kier
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

A significant number of patients with rheumatoid arthritis will have a negative rheumatoid factor at the time of initial evaluation.
There is no single blood test which allows one to make a definitive diagnosis of ra. The diagnosis of RA is made on the basis of clinical, historical and laboratory criteria.

In brief: Yes

A significant number of patients with rheumatoid arthritis will have a negative rheumatoid factor at the time of initial evaluation.
There is no single blood test which allows one to make a definitive diagnosis of ra. The diagnosis of RA is made on the basis of clinical, historical and laboratory criteria.
Dr. Carlos Kier
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Dr. Gary Pess
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: YES!

Blood work is only one tool in the diagnosis and is not 100% accurate.

In brief: YES!

Blood work is only one tool in the diagnosis and is not 100% accurate.
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