Polyarthritis / Polyarthropathy


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Raised Inflammatory Markers Or Positive Rheumatoid Factor

Rheumatoid factor positive in 4% of young health individuals and 3-25% of elderly.

The higher the titre, the lower the false positive rate.

Elevated inflammatory markers seen with any chronic inflammatory condition, acute inflammation / infection, obesity, cigarette smoking, low levels of physical activity, chronic fatigue.


NHS Highland PMR Info Leaflet

Inflammatory Pattern


Abbreviation Meaning
LFTs Liver function test
DIP Distal interphalangeal joint

Last reviewed: 31 March 2015

Next review: 31 March 2018

Author(s): Consultant Rheumatologist

Version: 1

Approved By: TAM subgroup of ADTC

Reviewer Name(s): Dr John Harvie

Document Id: TAM353