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What Does High Rheumatoid Factor Mean?

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A rheumatoid factor is basically an antibody which can associate with other antibodies. Antibodies or immunoglobulins are basically ordinary proteins which can be obtained in the blood and work in the immune system. However, rheumatoid factor is not ordinarily found in the most people, only in around one to two percent. As one grows older, the occurrence of rheumatoid factor rises. Generally persons over sixty five years of age possess a high rheumatoid factor.

A high rheumatoid factor simply refers to a higher than normal concentration of rheumatoid factoring the blood. High quantities of this immunoglobulin are frequently discovered in individuals suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Alternatively, high rheumatoid factor levels can also be found as a result of Sjogen's syndrome or similar conditions.

A high level of RF can also mean that one may have TB, a viral infection, or a condition affecting the liver, lungs or the kidneys.
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I don't think 44 is too high...I have RA and mine was 99, but I've heard of people with it at 400 and above.
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My rheumatoid factor was 44 apparently that is quite high
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Originally found tohave rheumatoid factor of 57 whithin 3 months is up to 103. What should I do. Feel horrible al the time. Is that because of the high rh factor?

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