ANTI CCP ANTIBODY
ANTI CCP ANTIBODY
About the test
What is this test done for?
Anti CCP antibody or cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) is a blood test done for detecting antibodies present in the blood against cyclic citrullinated peptides.
Why is it Done?
This is a specialized test done for diagnosing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Presence of these antibodies suggests that the cause of joint pains is an auto immune disease i.e. rheumatoid arthritis.
When should it be performed?
This test is performed when a patient presents with
Joint pains affecting multiple joints
Most commonly affected joints are joints fingers, wrists and ankles
Along with pain joints are swollen and may appear red
Stiffness of joints, more in morning/waking hours
Joint stiffness lasting for ≥ 1 hour
Nodules under the skin (especially at the elbows)
A generalized feeling of being unwell (malaise)
How is it done
A venous blood sample is collected from a vein in your arm at any time of the day. Fasting is not required.
Negative, if levels are below 20 Units
Absence of rheumatoid arthritis
Positive, if levels are above 40 Units
Rheumatoid arthritis (Moderate severity)
Strongly positive, if levels are above 60 Units
Severe form of rheumatoid arthritis
This is a specialized blood test done for evaluating the presence of RA factor or rheumatoid factor in the blood
Positive results indicate rheumatoid arthritis
This is a routine blood test that acts as an inflammatory marker
Positive test indicates inflammation
CRP or C reactive proteins
It is a specialized test that evaluates amount of c reactive proteins present in the blood
High CRP levels indicate active inflammation
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