The Exact Way To Diagnose Rheumatoid Arthritis?
I want to ask … if rheumatoid arthritis can be detected through a blood test?
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Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease where the body's immune system attacks the synovium (the lining on the surface of joint cartilage). Rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed by diagnostic criteria which include clinical symptoms and physical examination, as well as laboratory results. However, of course, not all laboratory tests have a diagnostic significance. Laboratory tests that can direct the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis include rheumatoid factor or anti-citrullinated peptide, CRP (C-reactive protein) or ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) or also called LED. Sometimes if the symptoms are already very strong leading to Rheumatoid arthritis, then the diagnosis can be established (there are points of each clinical symptom and laboratory results, if the points are high enough from clinical symptoms alone, then rheumatoid arthritis diangosis can already be established even though the above mentioned laboratory examination results are normal).
It is best to discuss with an internist who checks you for certainty of the diagnosis and further treatment of your condition. If indeed you are diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, then you must undergo therapy according to your doctor's recommendations and take control to your doctor regularly because until now, the available drugs can only control symptoms and slow the progression of the disease. The rheumatoid arthritis itself cannot be cured. Someone certainly can experience remission (symptom-free) for years after being treated, but there is still a possibility of the disease coming back again. Therefore routine control must still be done.
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