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Rheumatoid Arthritis Profile Test

Rheumatoid Arthritis Profile Test

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic autoimmune disease which arises when the cartilage around joints begins to erode. As a result, the bones at the joints brush against each other during movement, causing extreme pain. Symptoms of Arthritis are much more evident in elderly patients, however it can be a genetic condition passed on through generations. Symptoms primarily include stiffness, pain while moving, and inflammation around joints.

No special preparation is required. Inform the doctor of any medications being taken by the patient. It is recommended that the patient wear a short sleeved shirt.

The blood sample will be checked for several signals:

  • RF Antibodies: these are usually present around joints. When the joints erode, as in Rheumatoid Arthritis, these RF antibodies are visible in blood.
  • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR): a high ESR can indicate Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • C Reactive Protein: if present in blood, indicates joint inflammation.
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC): involves hemoglobin and hematocrit count, to diagnose anemia.
  • Anemia is also associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis.,/li>

The blood sample will be drawn from the vein on the patient's arm. The site on the arm will be cleaned with an alcohol swab. A sterile needle will be inserted into the patient's arm. About 2ml blood will be drawn. The site will be cleaned with a cotton swab.

Red-top tube or gel-barrier tube
Type Gender Age-Group Value
Rheumatoid Arthritis Profile
All age groups
<15 IU/mL

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What is Rheumatoid Arthritis Profile Test?
Preparation for Rheumatoid Arthritis Profile Test
Uses of Rheumatoid Arthritis Profile Test
Procedure for Rheumatoid Arthritis Profile Test
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Normal values for Rheumatoid Arthritis Profile Test
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