Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Arthritis Rheumatoid Evaluation

The evaluation of rheumatoid arthritis begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with rheumatoid arthritis may include:


Additional physical findings in someone with rheumatoid arthritis may include:

Tests are necessary to make the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis.

Initial tests that may be used to evaluate rheumatoid arthritis include:

Additional tests that may be used to evaluate rheumatoid arthritis include:

Arthritis Rheumatoid Diagnostic Criteria

In order to make the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis, 4 of the following list must be present:

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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