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Rheumatoid Factor - Qualitative

Overview of Rheumatoid Factor - Qualitative

What is Rheumatoid Factor - Qualitative?

Rheumatoid factor is an autoantibody which is produced by the body’s immune system. Rheumatoid factor test measures the presence or absence of Rheumatoid Factor (RF) which helps in diagnosing autoimmune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis. RF is an autoantibody that is produced by the body’s immune system. It attacks body tissues considering them as foreign tissues. Presence of RF indicates that there is autoinflammatory and autoimmune activity going on in the body.

Sample Type

The sample type collected for Rheumatoid Factor - Qualitative is: Blood

Preparation for Rheumatoid Factor - Qualitative

  • No special preparation required

Why Get Tested for Rheumatoid Factor - Qualitative?

  • To diagnose rheumatic diseases such as Rheumatoid arthritis

  • To diagnose autoimmune diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome or Lupus Erythematosus

  • To diagnose chronic infections






Understand more about Rheumatoid Factor - Qualitative

Rheumatoid factor (RF) attacks healthy body tissues as it mistakes them for foreign body tissues. It is not found in healthy persons. The presence of RF means that the body has an autoimmune disease such as Rheumatoid arthritis. Symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis include stiffness of joints especially in morning, pain in joints, underlying skin nodules, loss of bone and swelling of joints.   


What Results of Rheumatoid Factor - Qualitative mean?

Interpretations

Positive Rheumatoid factor test indicates the high level of rheumatoid factor in the blood which is associated with Rheumatoid arthritis.

There are other conditions where RF test is positive that include:

  • Sjogren’s syndrome

  • Systemic Lupus erythematosus

  • Inflammatory lung diseases

  • Chronic infections

  • Cancer

  • Mixed connective tissue diseases


Patient Concerns about Rheumatoid Factor - Qualitative

Frequently Asked Questions about Rheumatoid Factor - Qualitative

Q. How is this test performed?
This test is performed on a blood sample. A syringe with a fine needle attached is used to withdraw blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm generally from the inner side of the elbow area. The doctor, nurse or the phlebotomist will tie an elastic band around your arm which will help the blood vessels to swell with blood and hence makes it easier to withdraw blood. You may be asked to tightly clench your fist. Once the veins are clearly visible, the area is cleaned with an antiseptic solution and then the needle is inserted into the blood vessel to collect the sample. You may feel a tiny pinprick during the procedure. Blood sample once collected is then sent to the laboratory.
Q. Is there any risk associated with this test?
There is no risk associated with the test. However, as this test involves a needle prick to withdraw the blood sample, rarely, a patient may experience increased bleeding, hematoma (blood collection under the skin) formation, bruising or infection at the site of needle prick.
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Sahyadri Speciality Labs is committed to provide the highest quality of Medical Laboratory services. There is a continual effort to ensure that the staff of the lab understands the Quality Policy & all the quality documentation, as well as follows the Quality manual and implements the Quality System Procedures all the time. By employing QMS, the lab strives to achieve the highest standard of service to provide the most reliable results, nearest to the true value and at most competitive rates. The lab is committed to good & ethical professional practices giving highest priority to client’s confidentiality and ensuring the reporting of the test values without any bias or influence. The lab implements the QMS so as to conform to ISO 15189:2007 and NABL 112 with the objective of Reducing reporting errors to the minimum, Minimizing customer complaints, Achieving maximum growth of the lab.
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