Can loss of normal cervical lordosis be caused by rheumatoid arthritis? If so, would there be signs of RA on the x-ray or MRI of cervical spine?

It can be seen in- -many conditions spasm, positioning on an X ray tsbl, can be seen in advanced RA, ankylosing spondylitis. It in of itself is not diagnostic. Exam & labs are needed 2 Dx RA.
It could and yes. Although people with rheumatoid arthritis can have loss of normal lordosis we usually would also see x-ray changes. Or the loss of Lumbar lordosis is due to another intercurrent problem. RA causes pain in the upper spine initially but usually is more important in peripheral joints in general.
Spasm. Loss of the lordosis is usually due to muscle spasm especially in people under age 40. Rheumatoid arthritis can affect the cervical spine but there are usually signs of RA in other joints. The X-ray and the MRI can show if RA is affecting the cervical spine but these tests are not always necessary, especially if the person does not show signs and symptoms of RA. Blood test for neck pain - useless.
Yes. Rheumatoid Arthritis commonly affects the cervical spine and can change the. Normal London's due to pain and involvement of the facet joints. A good radiologist could see changes due to RA if advanced enough, but often hard to tell early on. Involvement of the upper vertebrae can be serious. It is uncommon for RA to involve the thoracic and lumbar spine.

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Can rheumatoid arthritis be diagnosed through MRI. I have bilateral knee effusion and loss of cartilage in 3TMRI. Rest is normal. What arthritis is it?

Autoimmune. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease which causes bone erosion that does not affect the cartilage it is an actual bone demise not connective tissue demise. A plain film of the bones will usually suffice as well as lab tests that indicate elevated said rate and rheumatoid factor positivity in addition to other markers to make the diagnosis. It is not normally diagnosed on MRI.

Hi, I am waiting for the results of my x-rays and blood work to see if I do have early stage Rheumatoid Arthritis. Can using Rituxan (rituximab) cause this?

Rituxan (rituximab) is RA therap. Rituxan (rituximab) is used to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). You physician will have you see a rheumatologist to clarify the diagnosis and decide on the best therapy. Rituxan (rituximab) is one of many therapies we use to treat.

Right eye appears to bulge, suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. Negative MRI?

Hard to say. The fact that you saw an MD & an MRI was recommended makes me wonder about your clinical findings. Was there an explanation as to why the proptosis? Do you have double vision, or decreased vision? Perhaps your eyelid have asymmetrical age related changes. The RA is likely unrelated. An ophthalmologic exam would be valuable to ascertain wether there is something wrong. A review of the MRI is impt.

Can a knee or ankle MRI without contrast show rheumatoid arthritis? Or spondyloarthropathy?

Maybe. It can show arthritic changes suggestive of ra, but other forms arthritis can mimic these changes. A blood test is less expensive and can diagnose ra.
Can indicate. Mri of knee or ankle joint may shows signs of arthritis (fluid, synovitis, cartilage lost, erosions) but these signs are not specific for rheumatoid arthritis. Ra is diagnosed by blood tests and clinical history as is spondyloarthropathy.
Yes. Mri can spot early erosive changes suggesting ra. Ultrasound can do this as well but at a much lower cost. The first thing is evaluation by a rheumatologist and having appropriate lab has been done.

My MRI on my knee says joint effusion and soft tissue swelling. Is this connected to rheumatoid arthritis?

Most likely. If you have the disease, the joint effusion is most likely related to ra. It means synovitis. However, other causes of joint effusion such as trauma, lyme disease etc should be excluded by your doc.

Are mri's the best way to diagnose or rule out rheumatoid arthritis?

A rheumatologist. A rheumatologist is your best resource for posssible rheumatoid arthtritis. It is usually diagnosed by a combination of blood tests and xrays of the hands or other affected areas.