Among hundred types of arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis is one of them, which is chronic and auto immune in nature, where the immune system attacks the body cells of a patient. As the disease progresses, it leads a patient to some sorts of deformity, so its treatment becomes mandatory and before that its diagnosis. Diagnosing concludes some treacherous work for the doctors as some of its factors resembles to that of other types of arthritis. In order to have proper diagnosis some blood tests and X-rays are done to verify the presence of Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Some Blood Tests
Some blood tests that show the presence of R A are Rheumatoid Factor (R F) Test, C – reactive protein test, Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate Test, Anti C C P Antibody Test, Test for Anemia, etc.
Test for Rheumatoid Factor- Rheumatoid Factor is nothing but collection of antibodies in the synovial joints. This factor is found in 75 to 85 percent of patient suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis and it genuinely shows the presence of this disease. This factor can be found in other auto immune disease also. Pain in the both sides of the affected area, shows the presence of this factor.
- C – Reactive protein- If there is any active swelling, the blood tests shows the high level of C – reactive protein (C R P). Obesity may also cause to increase C R P, so doctors often go for Body Mass Index (B M I) of a patient.
- Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (E S R) Test- It is the rate of taste of blood at which cells settle down when blood is dropped in a tube under a specified condition. The patient of rheumatoid Arthritis, the higher the blood sedimentation rate, and the greater is the inflammation. This test is done to assert the condition of the joints and not for any diagnosis.
- Anti C C P Antibody Test- This antibody test is very important as it detects the symptoms of R A before its occurrence. Doctors get nearly 95% sure if they find this antibody in an R A patient. This antibody will show positive sign if there is any sort of inflammation in the joints.
- Test for Anemia- It is a common disease found in the patients suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis. The test for anemia is regularly required by the doctors in order to determine the amount of Red Blood Cells (R B C) in the blood, which carries oxygen to all parts of the body and if it falls to do so a patient may feel weak and ill.
Some new advancement in research shows that some inflammation can be seen in the bloodstream, much before the launch of some symptoms of this disease. This research shows some ray of hope to the doctors to eradicate this disease from its root level that means it can be cured one day. So in order to have a aggressive treatment it is mandatory to have all these blood tests done.