Rheumatoid Arthritis - Exams and Tests
No single lab test can diagnose
rheumatoid arthritis. Instead, doctors look at symptoms and physical signs and then rule out other diseases that
can cause similar symptoms.
medical history and physical exam are usually
done to help find the cause of joint pain. The pattern and nature of
joint symptoms are the most important clues
to the diagnosis.
Diagnosis is based on a set of
classification criteria. The
following tests may be done:
Other tests may be done to check for side effects of
treatment. These tests may include:
Because rheumatoid arthritis can lead to severe joint
destruction and disability over time, regular checkups are important to see if treatment is working or
needs to be adjusted.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 14, 2011
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