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Do you need to fast to get Rheumatoid Arthritis Factor lab work?

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Answered 2010-01-30 06:33:54


From personal experience, I would say no. I have RA and I had to have a ton of blood work and none of the times did I have to fast first. That being said, I would check with your Doctor Who ordered the labs to be sure, because new tests develop and the requirements for different tests may vary.

I am in the same boat and have never been requested to fast before having tests.

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