Rheumatoid Factor (cont.)

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What significance does the rheumatoid factor hold for patients with rheumatoid arthritis?

High levels of rheumatoid factor are associated with more severe rheumatoid disease. This factor is also associated with a higher tendency to develop non-joint manifestations of rheumatoid disease, such as rheumatoid nodules and rheumatoid lung disease.

Medically reviewed by Kirkwood Johnston, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Rheumatology

REFERENCE:

Klippel, J.H., et al. Primer on the Rheumatic Diseases. New York: Springer, 2008.


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/21/2014

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