Rheumatoid Arthritis | Diagnosis & Tests


How can my doctor tell if I have RA?

Your doctor will ask you about your symptoms and may give you a physical exam. He or she may also order blood tests, a joint fluid analysis (which tests the fluid in your joints for other possible causes of your pain) and X-rays to help make a diagnosis.


Diagnosis and Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis by JA Rindfleisch, D Muller (American Family Physician September 15, 2005, http://www.aafp.org/afp/20050915/1037.html)

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Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 03/06