Arthritis panel test is a group of diagnostic tests that helps in screening problems related to the joints and bones. The test is often prescribed when an individual is experiencing symptoms such as inflammation, redness, swelling, stiffness, and pain in joints. Also, individuals having a family history of arthritis, are overweight, or are in old age should also go for this test. This panel includes 23 tests in totality, some of them are mentioned below:
Rheumatoid factor – Quantitative
Differential leucocyte count
Red blood cell count
Mean corpuscular volume
Mean corpuscular Hemoglobin
Why get tested?
This is test is generally prescribed to individuals for the following reasons:
To diagnose any disorder related to joints or bones.
To check if the individual is suffering from arthritis.
To identify the reason for swelling, redness, inflammation, and pain.
It is also recommended to individuals who have a family history of arthritis.
This test includes
Anti Streptolysin O (ASO)
Rheumatoid factor (RF)
Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP)
C-Reactive Protein (CRP)
Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
The test requires no special precautions. However, the lab technician might ask the patients to refrain from taking blood thinners, NSAIDs, and other prescribed medicines, also individuals might be required to fast for 8 hours before the test.