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How do doctors diagnose rheumatoid arthritis?

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Doctors diagnose rheumatoid arthritis based largely on your medical history and a physical exam. You may also get lab tests and procedures, including the following:

  • Anti-CCP antibody test
  • Rheumatoid factor
  • Antinuclear antibody test
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate
  • C-reactive protein test
  • Joint fluid tests
  • X-Rays

From: What Is Rheumatoid Arthritis? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Family Physicians: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association: "Autoimmune Diseases in Women." American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." FDA. News Release. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” UptoDate for Patients: "Clinical Features of Rheumatoid Arthritis."  




Reviewed by David Zelman on October 13, 2019

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American Academy of Family Physicians: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association: "Autoimmune Diseases in Women." American College of Rheumatology: "Rheumatoid Arthritis." FDA. News Release. “FDA approves Inflectra, a biosimilar to Remicade.” “FDA approves Amjevita, a biosimilar to Humira.” UptoDate for Patients: "Clinical Features of Rheumatoid Arthritis."  




Reviewed by David Zelman on October 13, 2019

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