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RHEUMATOID FACTOR (RF)

Item Value
Available Stat? No
Test code RFQ
Performed by? Chemistry
Sendout? no
Price range $$
In House Availability 24 hours/ 7 days
Method Quantitative latex-enhanced immunoturbidometric.
Interpretation Rheumatoid Factors are antibodies that react with the individual's own immunoglobulin. The antibodies are usually directed against the Fc region of the IgG molecule. Rheumatoid Factor can be detected in the serum of the majority of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and is important for the diagnosis and prognosis of those patients with higher concentrations. These patients tend to suffer a more severe form of illness and develop extra-joint complications more readily. Rheumatoid Factors are not disease specific and can occur in lower frequencies in several other autoimmune disorders, chronic inflammation, and in normal individuals.
Container type gold top gel tube; red non-gel tube acceptable
Amount to Collect 3 mL
Sample type Blood
Normal range < 14 IU/mL
Stability 7 days at 4°C.
Additional information REQUISITION: Blood/Serum - Main Laboratory
References 1. Arnett F, Edworth S, Bloch D, McShane D, Fries J, Cooper N, et al. The American Rheumatism Association 1987, "Revised Criteria for the Classification of Rheumatoid Arthritis." Arthritis Rheum., 31:315-324 (1998).

2. Johnson PM, and Faulk WP., "Rheumatoid Factor: Its Nature, Specificity and Production in Rheumatoid Arthritis." Clin. Immuno. Immunopathol., 6:141-440 (1976).

3. Masi AT, Maldonato-Cocco JA, Kaplan SB, Frigenbaum SL, & Chandler RW., "Prospective Study of the Early Course of Rheumatoid Factor Positively At Entry and Identification of Variables Correlating With Outcome," Semin. Arthritis Rheum., 5:299-326 (1976).

4. Wener, MH, and Mannick M, Rheumatoid Factors. Chapter 117. In: Rose NR, de Marcario EC, Folds JD, Lane HC and Nakamura RM, eds, Manual of Clinical Laboratory Immunology, 5th ed., 1997. Amer. Soc. for Microbiol., Washington, DC.
CPT coding 86431
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