Diagnosis is made from a detailed history and physical examination for signs of joint inflammation and comprehensive investigation.
Blood tests and X-rays are used to confirm the diagnosis. Blood tests include detection of the rheumatoid factor (RF) and anti-CCP antibody. Joint aspiration may be carried out and the fluid will be sent for special examination. This will help the doctor to differentiate between Rheumatoid Arthritis and other types of arthritis.
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