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Is a rapid increase in the RA factor a cause for concern?

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Posted on Mon, 1 Jun 2015
Question: Is a rapid increase in the RA factor something to be very concerned with. 8wks ago was 14.2 4wks later 19.9 today 32.4
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Answered by Dr. Naval Mendiratta (6 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Ra FActor Significance

Detailed Answer:
Good evening

Thank you for writing on health care magic

Well , RA factor alone has no significance. IT can be positive in 7 to 10 % of the normal population without having much impact. A bit of variation you are noticing may be due to different kits being used for measurement or different labs.

But yes, I would like to know why are you getting RA factor done repeatedly. If you could throw some light on it, that would be great.

RA factor positive or negative, if one has joint symptoms suggestive of Rheumatoid Arthritis, we can either ways start treatment. It is just s supportive test for the clinical findings the doctor sees, not a diagnostic marker.

Do let me know for more queries. Would be happy to answer it

REgards
Dr Naval
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Is a rapid increase in the RA factor a cause for concern?

Brief Answer: Ra FActor Significance Detailed Answer: Good evening Thank you for writing on health care magic Well , RA factor alone has no significance. IT can be positive in 7 to 10 % of the normal population without having much impact. A bit of variation you are noticing may be due to different kits being used for measurement or different labs. But yes, I would like to know why are you getting RA factor done repeatedly. If you could throw some light on it, that would be great. RA factor positive or negative, if one has joint symptoms suggestive of Rheumatoid Arthritis, we can either ways start treatment. It is just s supportive test for the clinical findings the doctor sees, not a diagnostic marker. Do let me know for more queries. Would be happy to answer it REgards Dr Naval