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Date: 23.06.2011
From: Angela

Subject: Anti cyclic citrullinated peptide result

Hi there, I'm just after some advice really, just had result back from doctor and its 5.6. range 0-4.8 doctor says check in a years time, but having great difficulty in walking, can anyone tell me is this an indicator of RA?... or just an early indicator, for years to come? I'm 42 yrs old Female.
Thankyou.
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Date: 23.06.2011
From: Dilizjo

Subject: Re: Anti cyclic citrullinated peptide result

Hiya Angela I have found this info for you it may help I am not sure:
When is it appropriate to have this test? Does anti-CCP determine if a patient has rheumatoid arthritis?
Anti-CCP is a very useful test to order during the diagnostic evaluation of a person who may have rheumatoid arthritis. If present in such a patient at a moderate to high level, it not only confirms the diagnosis but also may indicate that the patient is at increased risk for damage to the joints. (Low levels of this antibody are less significant.) In the past, doctors relied on another antibody, the rheumatoid factor (RF) to help confirm a diagnosis.

# What is Rheumatoid Factor?

What does anti-CCP indicate?

While the rheumatoid factor is more common in rheumatoid arthritis patients, many patients with a positive test do not have rheumatoid arthritis. Furthermore, the presence of the rheumatoid factor has less prognostic significance than the CCP. Of interest is that if your rheumatoid factor is negative, you are less likely to have a positive CCP. Both blood tests are recommended in the initial evaluation of a patient with suspected rheumatoid arthritis.
A negative result is below 20 and a low to moderate Positive result is 20>39
I got this info from:
www.arthritis.about.com/od/radiagnosis
/f/anticcp.htm
and:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-citrullinated_protein_antibody
hope it helps:)
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Date: 23.06.2011
From: Angela

Subject: Re: Anti cyclic citrullinated peptide result

Thankyou for your help Dilizjo, It's much
apprieciated!
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Date: 24.06.2011
From: Dilizjo

Subject: Re: Anti cyclic citrullinated peptide result

anytime Angela:)
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