Specificity of antiperinuclear factor for rheumatoid arthritis in rheumatoid factor-positive sera.

Although antiperinuclear factor (APF) has the same specificity for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as rheumatoid factor (RF), there is no evidence that this specificity is maintained in patients with positive RF-agglutination tests. Thus, we evaluated the specificity and usefulness of APF for RA diagnosis, regardless of RF titre. APF was tested (1:100 threshold… CONTINUE READING