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ARTHRITIS SCREENING PANEL

ARTHRITIS SCREENING PANEL

  • $ 299.00


ARTHRITIS SCREENING PANEL

WHAT LAB TESTS ARE IN THE ARTHRITIS SCREENING PANEL?

The Arthritis Screening Panel includes the following tests:

1.     Complete Blood Count (CBC)

2.     Chemistry Panel (16 essential tests)

3.     C‐Reactive Protein (High Sensitivity)

5.     Rheumatoid Factor

6.     Antinuclear Antibodies

AM I REQUIRED TO FAST FOR THIS LAB TEST?

Yes.  You must fast at least eight (8) hours prior to having your specimen collected.

DESCRIPTION:

This panel includes a number of tests that give you and your doctor information to help you determine if you have a connective tissue or autoimmune disorder (such as arthritis).

The Rheumatoid Factor (RF) Test is primarily used to help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis and other forms of arthritis and other conditions that cause joint pain, inflammation, stiffness and others. It is commonly ordered with other tests like the CRP (C‐Reactive Protein) and a CBC.

The C‐Reactive Protein (High Sensitivity) is a protein that increases during systemic inflammation. This panel tests this level to assess any cardiovascular or heart disease risk.

In addition, this panel includes an Antinuclear Antibodies Test, which measures the amount of abnormal antibodies that hurt the body’s tissues.

The CBC measures important parameters of the cellular makeup of your blood that can reveal anemia, signs of infection or other factors that may cause fatigue; a Chemistry Panel, which analyzes electrolytes, sugar, proteins, and enzymes including sodium, potassium, calcium, glucose and liver/kidney function tests; and a Sedimentation Rate, which detects and monitors inflammation in the body.

WHY DO I NEED TO BE TESTED FOR ARTHRITIS?

Do your joints hurt? Do you have body stiffness? It could be arthritis or other body inflammation. There are  nearly  three  times  as  many  women  with  rheumatoid  arthritis  than  men, and  it  usually  begins between your 30s and 60s.  But anyone can get rheumatoid arthritis and other autoimmune disorders.

Many customers that purchase the Arthritis Screening Panelalso consider the Comprehensive Male Panel or theComprehensive Female Panel.

WHAT ARE THE TEST RESULT RANGES?

NORMAL RANGE:

Complete Blood Count (CBC) see individual test
Chemistry Panel see individual test
C‐Reactive Protein (hs‐CRP) see individual test
Rheumatoid Arthritis Factor see individual test
Antinuclear Antibodies ≤ 1:40

 HIGH RESULTS INDICATE:

COMPLETE BLOOD COUNT (CBC): See individual test.

CHEMISTRY PANEL: See individual test.

C-REACTIVE PROTEIN (hs-CRP): See individual test.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS FACTOR: See individual test.

ANTINUCLEAR ANTIBODIES:  High levels could indicate an autoimmune disease such as systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis or Addison disease.  Levels could also be elevated if you have a lung disease or gastrointestinal disease.

LOW RESULTS INDICATE:

COMPLETE BLOOD COUNT (CBC): See individual test.

CHEMISTRY PANEL: See individual test.

C-REACTIVE PROTEIN (hs-CRP): See individual test.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS FACTOR: See individual test.

ANTINUCLEAR ANTIBODIES: Levels lower than normal are not considered to be significant, but should be reported to your physician.

WHAT IF MY LAB TEST RESULTS ARE ABNORMAL OR OUT OF RANGE?

Please consult with your primary care physician, who may refer you to a rheumatologist.