Global Advanced Research Journal of Microbiology (GARJM) ISSN: 2315-5116
February 2018 Vol. 7(1): pp. 051-061
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Frequency of rheumatoid factor and serum uric acid in asymptomatic elderly individuals at Khartoum state, Sudan

Tarig M. S. Alnour(a,b) and Mudathir A. Abdelkareem(b,c)

 

a: Assistant professor – Faculty of Applied Medical Sciences – University of Tabuk.

b: Department of Microbiology – Faculty of medical Laboratory Sciences – Al Zaiem Al Azhari University.

c. Department of Microbiology-School of Medical Laboratory Sciences- Sharq Elneil College

Email: telnour@ut.edu.sa 

Accepted 10 February, 2018

 

   Abstract

Aim of the study: This study aimed to determine rheumatoid factor and serum uric acid among Asymptomatic elderly individuals above 60 years of age. Methods: A total number of 103 individuals were screened for rheumatoid factor (RF), uric acid (UA) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) by using slide agglutination, enzymatic method and westergren tubes, respectively. Result: Of the 103 individuals tested, 10 (9.7%) were rheumatoid factor reactive most of them 6/10 (60%) were females. Twenty-two participants (21%) showed an elevated uric acid level (≥ 7.7mg/dl and ≥ 6.8mg/dl for males and females respectively); two of them were RF reactive. Among the ten rheumatoid factor positive individuals, elevated Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) was noticed in 9 with 5 having elevated ESR level of more than 50 mm/hr. Significant correlation has been detected between elevated serum uric acid and ESR (P value 0.046). Recommendation: It's highly recommended to screen periodically any elderly individuals (above 60 year) for serum uric acid and rheumatoid factor, which might help in early diagnosis and avoid any complication and co morbid diseases.

       

        Keywords:  Rheumatoid factor, elderly and Khartoum state.

 

 

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Aim of the study: This study aimed to determine rheumatoid factor and serum uric acid among Asymptomatic elderly individuals above 60 years of age. Methods: A total number of 103 individuals were screened for rheumatoid factor (RF), uric acid (UA) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) by using slide agglutination, enzymatic method and westergren tubes, respectively. Result: Of the 103 individuals tested, 10 (9.7%) were rheumatoid factor reactive most of them 6/10 (60%) were females. Twenty-two participants (21%) showed an elevated uric acid level (≥ 7.7mg/dl and ≥ 6.8mg/dl for males and females respectively); two of them were RF reactive. Among the ten rheumatoid factor positive individuals, elevated Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) was noticed in 9 with 5 having elevated ESR level of more than 50 mm/hr. Significant correlation has been detected between elevated serum uric acid and ESR (P value 0.046). Recommendation: It's highly recommended to screen periodically any elderly individuals (above 60 year) for serum uric acid and rheumatoid factor, which might help in early diagnosis and avoid any complication and co morbid diseases.

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