Psoriatic Spondylitis with positive RF

Question

Why would I have a low/moderate positive Rheumatoid Factor with Psoriatic Spondylitis?

Answer

Rheumatoid factor is not specific for rheumatoid arthritis. Other types of inflammatory arthritis including psoriatic arthritis and lupus can have a positive rheumatoid factor. Anti-CCP antibodies are mosre specific for RA and you might ask your doctor if you have been checked.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University