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Can Having Graves Disease Cause A False Positive When Testing

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Posted on Thu, 20 Sep 2018
Question: can having graves disease cause a false positive when testing for RA
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Answered by Dr. Mirjeta Guni (34 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
About Graves' disease and rheumathoid arthritis;

Detailed Answer:
Hello and thank you for asking!
I have gone carefully through your concern.
Graves' disease does not cause false positive rheumatoid factor.
As you may know, Graves' disease is an autoimmune pathology and usually autoimmune pathologies may coexist in a patient.
So a patient with 1 autoimmune disease may have a predisposition for other autoimmune diseases such as; type 1 Diabetes, Celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis ect.
So, you have to start treatment for arthritis if your physician has confirmed it.
Hope the information will help.
Best wishes,
Dr.Mirjeta
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Can Having Graves Disease Cause A False Positive When Testing

Brief Answer: About Graves' disease and rheumathoid arthritis; Detailed Answer: Hello and thank you for asking! I have gone carefully through your concern. Graves' disease does not cause false positive rheumatoid factor. As you may know, Graves' disease is an autoimmune pathology and usually autoimmune pathologies may coexist in a patient. So a patient with 1 autoimmune disease may have a predisposition for other autoimmune diseases such as; type 1 Diabetes, Celiac disease, rheumatoid arthritis ect. So, you have to start treatment for arthritis if your physician has confirmed it. Hope the information will help. Best wishes, Dr.Mirjeta