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What is a Rheumatoid Factor test used for?
The rheumatoid factor (quantitative) test is used to detect the amount of rheumatoid factors in blood. It helps to diagnose:
- autoimmune diseases
- disease progression
Under natural circumstances, the immunoglobulins fight against foreign substances like bacteria, viruses or other parasites in the body. In rheumatoid arthritis, the rheumatoid factors mistakenly attack their own body cells, causing autoimmune diseases. The amount of rheumatoid measured in blood gives an idea of how far the disease has progressed. Higher rheumatoid factors are associated with severe rheumatoid arthritis and joint pain, inflammation, and swelling.
What is included in the Rheumatoid Factor test?
The doctor prescribes a rheumatoid factor test to confirm whether you are suffering from certain autoimmune diseases, arthritis or other infections. Along with a rheumatoid factor test, the doctor may advise additional tests to diagnose your condition.
- Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) test
The test is performed alongside the rheumatoid factor test. If both rheumatoid factor and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptides are detected in your blood, it means you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.
- C-reactive protein (CRP) test
If your blood test confirms the presence of C-reactive proteins, it indicates inflammation in your body. The reason for inflammation could be some infection or other autoimmune diseases. The doctor may prescribe additional tests for confirmation.
- Antinuclear antibody (ANA) test
The presence of the antinuclear antibody and rheumatoid factor together indicate an autoimmune disorder.
- Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) test
A higher level of ESR confirms inflammatory diseases caused by infections, rheumatoid arthritis, fever or other autoimmune disorders.
Procedure for the Rheumatoid Factor test
The doctor prescribes a rheumatoid factor test if you are experiencing constant joint pain, swelling, slight fever, joint stiffness or tiredness.
- You can book a rheumatoid factor (quantitative) test through the MFine app.
- A certified lab technician will arrive at your doorstep to collect the blood sample at a given time and date of your choice.
- The blood sample is collected by inserting a sterile needle into the vein. It is then sent to a recognized lab for further testing and analysis.
- After complete analysis, the blood report will be available on the MFine app within the next 24 to 48 hours.
- You can also consult expert doctors online regarding your blood report and order the prescribed medicines.
How to prepare for the Rheumatoid Factor test?
There is no special preparation needed for the rheumatoid factor blood test. People of any age group can get tested for rheumatoid factors. You may feel slight pain and discomfort while the needle is injected to take the blood sample. Your doctor may inform you to not eat anything for a few hours before taking the sample. However, the blood test results are unbiased towards the food eaten. If you are under any other medication, inform your doctor or the lab technician about the same.
Things to consider after the Rheumatoid Factor test is complete
Apart from temporary pain and bruising at the site of needle injection, there are no other restrictions on any activities. Once the blood test reports are available on the MFine app, consult your doctor for appropriate treatment based on your test results. Before starting the prescribed medication, do inform the doctor if there is a case of possible pregnancy. Please do not self-diagnose your health condition.
What types of conditions can the Rheumatoid Factor test detect?
The RF test can detect certain autoimmune and non-autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, juvenile arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma, tuberculosis infection, leukemia, multiple myeloma, and Still’s disease. After proper consultation and diagnosis, you can start the prescribed medication.
How much does the Rheumatoid Factor test cost?
In India, the average cost of the test is around Rs. 400/- to Rs. 700/-. The price may vary at government and private hospitals and laboratories. The type of analyses conducted at the labs may also cause price alterations in the test.
*Disclaimer: The value varies based on location, time, and your preferred lab partner.
How long does it take to get the Rheumatoid Factor test results?
You can expect to get the test results within 24 to 48 hours, after the sample is collected. The blood report is available for download on the MFine app. However, depending on the medical advice and preferred lab partner, it may take longer in some instances.
What do abnormal Rheumatoid Factor test results indicate?
An abnormal result indicates that you have tested positive, and your blood contains abnormally higher levels of rheumatoid factor. Your doctor prescribes a combination of tests to confirm the diagnosis of your illness. In a healthy adult, the rheumatoid factor levels are less than 15 International Units per milliliter (IU/mL). Any levels of rheumatoid factors above 15 IU/mL indicate that you have rheumatoid arthritis or other possible autoimmune disorders. Your health care provider may recommend additional tests like CRP, ANA or anti-CCP to confirm the diagnosis. People who suffer from ailments like hepatitis, kidney disorders, bacterial and viral infections can also test positive for rheumatoid factors. Do not self-medicate without taking an expert medical opinion.
Disclaimer: Please consult your doctor for interpreting the test reports.
Is Rheumatoid Factor a definitive test?
The rheumatoid factor is not confirmed with the rheumatoid factor (quantitative) test alone. The doctor may check for certain symptoms like joint inflammation, pain, stiffness or fever. They may prescribe an anti-CCP test and an anti-RF IgM test to confirm the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, a definitive test.
How to read the Rheumatoid Factor test report
The blood test report can be positive or negative. A numerical range of rheumatoid factor values will be provided to compare your detected results. Negative results are considered normal, and the positive results indicate an abnormal condition. The reference range depends on the test analysis performed in the laboratories. If you are tested positive for rheumatoid factor, it means you have an underlying health condition. But the report is insufficient to diagnose the specific underlying condition. RFs can detect certain bacterial and viral infections, not just rheumatoid arthritis conditions. Therefore, it is crucial to consult your doctor for report analysis instead of self-diagnosing the blood test results.
Rheumatoid arthritis is confirmed with an additional test called the anti-CCP test. It detects the presence of CCP antibodies and confirms rheumatoid arthritis. A higher level of anti-CCP, and an elevated rheumatoid factor value of above 15 IU/mL, can confirm rheumatoid arthritis. The higher the anti-CCP and rheumatoid factors, the more severe the condition is. The biological range of rheumatoid factors in the blood are as follows:
- Negative/Normal result – 0 to 15 IU/mL
- Positive/Abnormal result – Above 15 IU/mL.
Why book the Rheumatoid Factor test?
The test is helpful to diagnose various underlying health conditions in men and women. If you experience symptoms like weakness, joint stiffness along with pain and swelling, mild fever, lumps under the skin, and weight loss, it is best to get tested for rheumatoid arthritis. The blood test is used:
- To detect autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, or lupus erythematosus
- To observe the effectiveness of the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis
- To screen the individuals who have a high risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis
- To rule out the possibilities of cancers, hepatitis, and other bacterial infections before starting any treatment.
Rheumatoid Factor test at home – how does it work?
The rheumatoid factor (quantitative) test is like any other blood test. A lab technician visits your home when you book your tests through the MFine app. The lab technician first cleans the arm and then inserts a syringe into a vein. The required amount of blood is then taken into a vial. The lab technician then removes the needle and places cotton wool or a bandage over the prick. The blood sample is taken to the respective laboratory for further examination.
Are there any risks involved with the Rheumatoid Factor test?
The rheumatoid factor (quantitative) blood test is a low-risk procedure regardless of age and other health factors. If you have a phobia for needles or syringes, kindly inform the person who takes your blood sample. Be sure to notify them about blood clotting disorders (if applicable). If not, there is no need to worry about the test. You will feel temporary pain and bruising at the needle injection site after the blood withdrawal. The bruising will heal in two or three days without any medication.
What can affect the results of the Rheumatoid Factor test?
You may be tested false positive or false negative for rheumatoid factors during the blood test. Most of the time, people who are rheumatoid factor-positive do not have rheumatoid arthritis and its related symptoms. The rheumatoid factors can also be detected due to inflammation caused by microbial infections, connective tissue injury or cancer. Additional tests like the ANA test can confirm inflammation. You may also test negative for rheumatoid factors but show signs of rheumatoid arthritis. The doctor might suggest imaging scans and other blood tests to diagnose the specific problem in such cases. The chemicals, type of glassware, and detergents used in the laboratories can also alter the blood test results.
Why Book the RA Factor Test?
- The Rheumatoid Factor test is a quantitative test performed to highlight the underlying health disorders of males and females. Rheumatoid tests help to diagnose multiple health issues and factors.
- Some of the common symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include joint stiffness and pain, inflammation in bones, fever, weight loss, and Sjogren's syndrome. If you're experiencing any such issues regularly, it is suggested to go for the RA factor test under your doctor's supervision.
- Possibilities of highly lethal diseases like cancer and hepatitis can be determined through a test. In case your test results show higher rheumatoid factor levels, it also points towards other abnormal health conditions.
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What does the RA Factor Test Measure?
What Preparation is Needed for the RA Factor Test?
What Happens to Your Test Sample?
What do Abnormal Results Indicate?
- When the RA Factor results come out to be positive, it means you're suffering from this health condition. Once the test results are monitored, your healthcare advisor will most likely conduct several other tests such as CRP, ANA, or anti-CCP to examine other potential diseases and to confirm the diagnosis of your illness.
- Individuals who experience diseases of sicknesses like hepatitis, kidney problems, bacterial and viral contaminants can also test positive for rheumatoid factors.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I avail at-home sample collection in Bangalore?
Yes, you can easily avail of sample collection for various tests at home. MFine makes it easier because, with a single click, you can book a slot for a test without going anywhere. Your test results will be delivered to your doorstep.
What is the cost of the RA Factor Test in Bangalore?
The cost of several tests depends upon different laboratories and the infrastructure used by the laboratories. Different cities have varied prices too. The charges for the test in Bangalore generally range from Rs. 400/- to Rs. 700/-.
I stay in Kolkata. Can I book a RA Factor test for my grandfather staying in Bangalore?
Yes, you can easily book a RA Factor test for your relatives and old family members living in distant places with the help of the MFine app.
How can I reschedule my appointment for a RA Factor test sample?
You can easily reschedule the appointment for a RA Factor test through the MFine app. The app has an option to reschedule the sample collection date and time.
Is the lab technician coming for a RA Factor test sample collection vaccinated?
Yes. Our lab technicians are fully vaccinated. Further, they also ensure safety throughout by wearing a mask and using a sanitiser and gloves during sample collection
When is a RA Factor test recommended?
A doctor recommends a rheumatoid arthritis factor (RF) test to confirm and distinguish between rheumatoid arthritis and other types of arthritis problems that you are suffering from. Also, it is recommended if you are experiencing constant joint pain, swelling, slight fever, joint stiffness, or tiredness. Higher levels of rheumatoid factors in the blood indicate a more progressive form of the disease in adults and possible complications in the body.
Is a prescription required to book a RA Factor test?
No, generally, it is not required to take a prescription from a registered doctor to book a RA Factor test. Still, it is recommended to consult a doctor before you book a test.
Does MFine provide result interpretation along with the reports?
Yes. MFine provides result interpretation along with the reports. Also, you will be able to avail a free doctor consultation after the lab test to understand your reports accurately. Our doctor will also advise and prescribe medicines if required based on the results.
Is the RA Factor test definitive?
No, RA Factor is not a definitive test. The rheumatoid factor is not confirmed with the rheumatoid factor (quantitative) test alone.
How is the RA Factor test done?
A certified lab technician will arrive at your doorstep to collect the blood sample at a given time and date of your choice. The blood sample is collected by inserting a sterile needle into the vein. It is then sent to a recognized lab for further testing and analysis.
What diseases can be detected through the RA Factor Test?
The RF test can detect certain autoimmune and non-autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, juvenile arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma, tuberculosis infection, leukaemia, multiple myeloma, and Still’s disease. After proper consultation and diagnosis, you can start the prescribed medication.
How can I download my RA Factor test report?
- Login to MFine
- Go to your profile
- Click Attachment and Reports
- Click Lab Report and download the same.
Are there any discount offers running on the RA Factor test in Bangalore?
Usually, you can avail of up to 50% discount on the RA Factor test through MFine. However, the discount and test price may vary based on lab partner and location.