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Should I see a rheumatologist if I have elevated complement levels?

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Dr. Gary Sterba
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Don t think so

Complement is an acute phase reactantant , having high complement levels only means there is a reaction , probably inflammatory .
If the diagnosis is ulcerative colitis , but you don t have arthritis youndont need to see the rheumatologist for high complement leves.

In brief: Don t think so

Complement is an acute phase reactantant , having high complement levels only means there is a reaction , probably inflammatory .
If the diagnosis is ulcerative colitis , but you don t have arthritis youndont need to see the rheumatologist for high complement leves.
Dr. Gary Sterba
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No. See your PCP.

Elevated complement levels are seen in some infections, some cancers, and in ulcerative colitis.
The first two are conditions not necessarily treated by rheumatologists. Depending on the reason for your elevated complement and the symptoms that prompted the test you may benefit from additional blood tests and/or body scans. I suggest starting with a discussion with your primary care provider.

In brief: No. See your PCP.

Elevated complement levels are seen in some infections, some cancers, and in ulcerative colitis.
The first two are conditions not necessarily treated by rheumatologists. Depending on the reason for your elevated complement and the symptoms that prompted the test you may benefit from additional blood tests and/or body scans. I suggest starting with a discussion with your primary care provider.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Padmavati Garvey
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Probably

Complement levels are very nonspecific but can be elevated with conditions like lupus.
You can get an opinion from a rheumatologist.

In brief: Probably

Complement levels are very nonspecific but can be elevated with conditions like lupus.
You can get an opinion from a rheumatologist.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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Dr. Tracy Lovell
complement levels drop when lupus is active.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: No

Elevated complement levels are not a marker of rheumatologic diseases and only rarely have clinical significance.

In brief: No

Elevated complement levels are not a marker of rheumatologic diseases and only rarely have clinical significance.
Dr. Ronald Krauser
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