Common laboratory tests for rheumatological disorders: How do they help the diagnosis?

  • E Das Gupta


No screening test is ideal for detecting rheumatic diseases; diagnosis depends on appropriate history and thoroughphysical examination. Sometimes, laboratory investigations may be useful in confirming or ruling out rheumatic diseaseafter a clinical diagnosis is considered. Once a rheumatic disease has been diagnosed, certain laboratory tests canhelp in assessing prognosis or determining the extent of the disease. Laboratory tests may also help the physicianmonitor certain rheumatic diseases, guide treatment or assess potential drug toxicity.


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Das GuptaE. (2009). Common laboratory tests for rheumatological disorders: How do they help the diagnosis?. Malaysian Family Physician, 4(2 & 3), 3. Retrieved from
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