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How is rheumatoid arthritis diagnosed?

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In addition to symptoms and a doctor's exam, blood tests and X-rays are commonly used to confirm rheumatoid arthritis.

The majority of people with rheumatoid arthritis have an antibody called rheumatoid factor (RF) in their blood, although RF may also be present in other disorders. A newer test for rheumatoid arthritis that measures levels anti-CCP antibodies is more specific to RA.

From: Diagnosing Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American College of Rheumatology.  DePuy Orthapaedics.  National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.  Arthritis Foundation.  Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University.  Arthritis-forum.net.  The Center for Current Research.  National Internet Health.  Alternative Medicine Foundation.








Reviewed by David Zelman on November 03, 2018

SOURCES: American College of Rheumatology.  DePuy Orthapaedics.  National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases.  Arthritis Foundation.  Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University.  Arthritis-forum.net.  The Center for Current Research.  National Internet Health.  Alternative Medicine Foundation.








Reviewed by David Zelman on November 03, 2018

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