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blood tests

nannydebbienannydebbie Posts: 47Member Connected
hi there i suffer with arthritis in most parts of me body just getting worse dr has booked me in for a special blood test anti ccp abs  any one understand what this is for many thanks 

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  • Sam_ScopeSam_Scope Posts: 7,732Member Disability Gamechanger
    Hi @nannydebbie I found this info on the Rheumatoid Arthritis website:

    Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) is an antibody present in most rheumatoid arthritis patients. Levels of anti-CCP can be detected in a patient through a blood test. A positive anti-CCP  test result can be used in conjunction with other blood tests, imaging tests, and physical examinations to reach a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis.
    A patient with rheumatoid arthritis who tests positive for anti-CCP in their blood has what’s known as seropositive rheumatoid arthritis. This is as opposed to someone who has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis but tests negative for anti-CCP antibodies and/or rheumatoid factor.
    A positive anti-CCP test result in rheumatoid arthritis patients can be used as a prognostic tool to determine the severity of symptoms the patient may have throughout the disease course. Anti-CCP positive patients can potentially experience a more aggressive disease course. However, this can also depend on many different factors and varies from patient to patient. The prognosis of anti-CCP positive patients also depends greatly on early diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis and how soon treatment can begin.
    Scope
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  • nannydebbienannydebbie Posts: 47Member Connected
    @Sam_Scope thanks for that got drs again next ill let you no outcome 

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