Rheumatoid Factor (RA), Serum
- Reporting Time:
- 6 Hrs
- Specimen Type:
- Home Collection:
Rheumatoid Factor ( RA )
To help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
When you have joint pain and fatigue that your health care provider suspects may be due to RA
The rheumatoid factor (RF) test is primarily used to help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and to help distinguish RA from other forms of arthritis or other conditions that cause similar symptoms. While diagnosis of RA relies heavily on the clinical picture, some of the signs and symptoms may not be present or follow a typical pattern, especially early in the disease. Furthermore, the signs and symptoms may not always be clearly identifiable since people with RA may also have other co ective tissue disorders or conditions, such as Raynaud phenomenon, scleroderma, autoimmune thyroid disorders, and systemic lupus erythematosis, and display symptoms of these disorders as well. The RF test is one tool among others that can be used to help make a diagnosis when RA is suspected.
Does everyone need an RF test?
The RF test is not routinely ordered and is not useful for routine screening of asymptomatic people. Most people will never need to have an RF test performed.
Can an RF test be performed in my doctor's office?
It could be performed in your doctor's office, but in most cases the test will be sent to the laboratory.