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Is a negative blood test a guarantee that I don't have Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)? Are there other tests to confirm a diagnosis?
Ara Dikranian, MD
San Diego Arthritis Medical Center, San Diego, CA

Date Added: 04/20/13

Rheumatoid arthritis remains a clinical diagnosis, and one of the tools that we use to make the diagnosis are specific blood tests, namely rheumatoid factor and CCP antibodies. Many times people in general, who have nothing wrong with them, test positive for rheumatoid factor, but really don't have...
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Ara Dikranian, MD, is a Rheumatologist at the San Diego Arthritis Medical Clinic, a single-specialty private practice in San Diego, California. Dr. Dikranian was board certified in rheumatology in 2000. He completed his medical school at the University of Southern California and Rheumatology training at the University of California San Diego. Dr. Dikranian has practiced rheumatology in the US and abroad since 2000 and is involved in clinical trials dealing with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, gout, fibromyalgia, osteoporosis and chronic pain.
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