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    Old 03-23-2016, 01:22 PM   #1
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    Question Can someone help ... PLEASE????

    Had blood work done for SJS at my last Rheumy appt on 3/8 have a follow up appt on 4/1 to go over blood work results and possibly for a lip biopsy.

    But thanks to the patient portal I do have access to some of my blood work results........

    My RF came back positive, there is no number listed
    RA Titer came back 1:2 is this normal, abnormal. high or low????
    CBC looked good.....only had 2 flags.....RBC were at tiny bit high and my MCV was low
    And I THINK my SS/A & SS/B both came back negative so I am assuming I will be having the lip biopsy

    Can ANYONE please shed ANY light on what my RF & RA titer could be indicating? I know that "healthy" people can have a positive RF....I am really confused about my RA titer.....

    Thanks in advance for any replies

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    Old 03-29-2016, 03:00 AM   #2
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    Re: Can someone help ... PLEASE????

    Hi. I actually think RF can be positive in multiple conditions, including lupus, RA, Sjogren's, etc. and thus, in & of itself, isn't diagnostic. Do you know if any other of your specialized tests have been positive?

    I believe the most sensitive test for early RA is anti-CCP. For lupus, there is no single test, alas. For Sjogren's, lip biopsy is considered a highly accurate test, but there are several eye tests used too that are far less "ouchy" and may be done first---like Schirmer's, Rose Bengal or lissamine staining---especially since your SSA/SSB *maybe* came back negative.

    Bye for now. Looking forward to your updates & wishing you good luck!

     
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    Old 03-29-2016, 03:03 PM   #3
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    Re: Can someone help ... PLEASE????

    Thanks so much for your reply! My rheumy only ordered a few blood tests when I was went last time: RF, ANA, CBC, SS/A, SS/B & ESR.

    RF came back positive.....don't know how positive yet. Hoping to find out on Friday.
    ESR came back at 7. Don't know if rheumy will order more blood work this time. I may get a "your all good....see you later". lol

    I do believe I will have the lip biopsy tho......unless my rheumy "sees" something in my blood work. He actually mentioned doing the biopsy if my blood work didn't reveal anything.
    So I am trying to prepare for the worst & hope for the best!!

    Thanks again!!
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    Old 03-29-2016, 06:10 PM   #4
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    Good luck Friday! Let us know how you make out.

     
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