To diagnose rheumatoid arthritis (RA), doctors may use lab tests to detect over-reactive white blood cells that can cause RA.1,2
Some of the tests look for:1,3-6
|Signs of inflammation||Improper immune responses|
To learn more:
References: 1. Smolen JS, et al. Lancet 2016. Published online: May 3, 2016. 2. UpToDate. Patients information: Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and diagnosis (beyond the basics). Available at http://www.uptodate.com. Accessed on May 05, 2016. 3. MedlinePlus. C-reactive protein. Available at https://www.nlm.nih.gov. Accessed on May 25, 2016. 4. Medline Plus. ESR. Available at http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com. Accessed on May 25, 2016. 5. Mayo Clinic. Test ID: RHUT. Available at http://www.mayoclinic.org. Accessed on May 30, 2016. 6. Mayo Clinic. Test ID: CCP. Available at http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com. Accessed on May 30, 2016.
Last updated: September 17, 2016.
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