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Screening for Rheumatoid Arthritis
The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are administered to people without symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.
There are no screening guidelines or screening tests available for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in people without symptoms. An assessment of your risk of RA may be done during regular physical exams.
Rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.arthritis.org/about-arthritis/types/rheumatoid-arthritis. October 31, 2014.
Rheumatoid arthritis. Merck Manual Professional Version website. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/musculoskeletal-and-connective-tissue-disorders/joint-disorders/rheumatoid-arthritis-ra. Updated May 2013. Accessed October 31, 2014.
Rheumatoid arthritis. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases website. Available at: http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health%5FInfo/Rheumatic%5FDisease/default.asp. Updated August 2014. Accessed October 31, 2014.
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated April 10, 2014. Accessed October 31, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 06/2016
- Update Date: 05/20/2015