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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.

A 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 criteria include the results of these tests:

The following tests may also be done:

Other tests may be done to check for side effects of treatment. These tests may include:

Regular checkups

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.

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Last Updated: February 08, 2013
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