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Is there a definitive test for arthritis?

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Dr. Mark Ciaglia
Surgery - Hand Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: It depends

Inflammatory arthritis have many blood markers that can be tested for. Although they are not 100% predictive they are very good.
There is no blood test for osteoarthritis (the wear and tear of joints). Good ole' fashion plain film x-rays provide insight into the status of your joints and can diagnose osteoarthritis.

In brief: It depends

Inflammatory arthritis have many blood markers that can be tested for. Although they are not 100% predictive they are very good.
There is no blood test for osteoarthritis (the wear and tear of joints). Good ole' fashion plain film x-rays provide insight into the status of your joints and can diagnose osteoarthritis.
Dr. Mark Ciaglia
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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No.

But the best start after careful rheumatology family history, review of systems, and examination are the c-reactive protein (best test for inflammation), and the ccp antibody to r/o rheumatoid arthritis.
The pattern of joint pain, the presence of joint inflammation, and the patients age are important. Other tests, of which there are many, are dictated by findings! obviously, joint pain is present.

In brief: No.

But the best start after careful rheumatology family history, review of systems, and examination are the c-reactive protein (best test for inflammation), and the ccp antibody to r/o rheumatoid arthritis.
The pattern of joint pain, the presence of joint inflammation, and the patients age are important. Other tests, of which there are many, are dictated by findings! obviously, joint pain is present.
Dr. Thomas Namey
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