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If you are rf positive does that mean you have rheumatoid arthritis?

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Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not necessarily

Rheumatoid factor is one of several clues for rheumatoid arthritis.
By itself it does not make the diagnosis.

In brief: Not necessarily

Rheumatoid factor is one of several clues for rheumatoid arthritis.
By itself it does not make the diagnosis.
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
Dr. Mark Hutchinson
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Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

The rheumatoid factor is relatively nonspecific and can be positive in numerous other diseases.
The ccp antibody is a much more specific test for ra. Have your doctor order this test if RA is suspected.

In brief: Maybe

The rheumatoid factor is relatively nonspecific and can be positive in numerous other diseases.
The ccp antibody is a much more specific test for ra. Have your doctor order this test if RA is suspected.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: May be may be not

Will depend on certain clinical presentations and how high is the rf positivity.
In the right clinical settings and if the rf is significantly positive and no other explanation to both the positive rf and to the joint pains- yes, may be you do have rheumatoid arthritis.

In brief: May be may be not

Will depend on certain clinical presentations and how high is the rf positivity.
In the right clinical settings and if the rf is significantly positive and no other explanation to both the positive rf and to the joint pains- yes, may be you do have rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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