ANTI CCP

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Anti cyclic citrullinated peptide antibody (CCP) is an antibody that is found in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. This test detects the levels of anti-CCP antibodies in the blood. This test is also known as the citrulline antibody test, the anti-citrulline antibody test, CCP antibody test. It helps in differentiating rheumatoid arthritis from other types of arthritis. The Anti-CCP antibody test is a blood test that ascertains the presence of antibodies directed against the cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) in the body. The CCP antibodies are present in the blood of people with rheumatoid arthritis. The Anti-CCP antibody test is highly accurate and can diagnose rheumatoid arthritis at an early stage, sometimes even years before the development of any signs or symptoms. Anti-CCP antibodies are a type of autoantibody. To understand what autoantibodies are, knowing antibodies is essential. Antibodies protect the human body from different diseases. They do that by fighting external forces like bacteria and viruses. Autoantibodies are made by our immune system and are protein in nature. Autoantibodies can cause disease by attacking the healthy cells of the body by mistake. The CCP antibodies attack the healthy tissues in the joints. If CCP antibodies are present in the blood, it can be a sign of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive, autoimmune disorder that causes stiffness, pain and swelling in the joints. More than 75% of people with rheumatoid arthritis test positive for CCP antibodies. Rheumatoid arthritis affects 0.92% of the adult population in India. The condition is more common in females than males. Early diagnosis and treatment can help to prevent permanent disability. A positive Anti-CCP antibody test results in the diagnosis of the disease at an early stage and can predict its severity.

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