No. CCP antibody is not recommended as a screening test. Like RF, it is best used to evaluate individuals whose clinical signs suggest RA or who have already been diagnosed with undifferentiated arthritis.
4. What other tests might my doctor order in evaluating me for RA?
Your healthcare provider may choose to order an ESR and/or CRP, tests that detect inflammation. The health practitioner may also order a complete blood count (CBC) to check for a high white blood cell count, another sign of inflammation, and to check for anemia, a condition common in people with RA. For added information, an analysis of joint fluid (synovial fluid) may be performed. In addition, your healthcare provider may also order antinuclear antibody (ANA) testing. A negative ANA helps exclude lupus and other systemic rheumatic diseases; the ANA may be positive in up to one-third of patients with RA.
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