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How is psoriatic arthritis diagnosed?

Diagnosing psoriatic arthritis is usually done by ruling out other causes for joint problems. Doctors will do a physical examination to check for joint swelling and tenderness around the affected area. Then he or she may order further tests, including x-rays, joint-fluid tests to rule out gout, and RF (Rheumatoid Factor) tests to check for antibodies indicative of rheumatoid arthritis not psoriatic arthritis.

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