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A comparative study of some commercially available tests for rheumatoid factor
  1. R. N. M. MacSween,
  2. Hazel Hughes,
  3. Catriona Breen,
  4. P. Kitchen,
  5. Brenda Cathcart,
  6. W. W. Buchanan
  1. University of Glasgow, Department of Pathology, Western Infirmary, Glasgow
  2. Regional Immunopathology Laboratory, Centre for Rheumatic Diseases, Baird Street, Glasgow


    Seven commercially available screening tests for rheumatoid factor and two quantitative tests have been compared with the standard Rose-Waaler test in a series of 477 sera from patients with various joint diseases. Markedly different results were obtained, and on the basis of our findings suggestions are made as to what we consider to be the most satisfactory currently available tests.

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