Anti-Citrullinated Protein Antibody - an overview (2022)

ACPAs are the best characterized antibodies directed against modified antigens in RA.

From: Kelley and Firestein's Textbook of Rheumatology (Tenth Edition), 2017

Laboratory Testing in the Rheumatic Diseases

Lee Goldman MD, in Goldman-Cecil Medicine, 2020

Antibodies to Citrullinated Proteins

Antibodies to citrullinated proteins are other autoantibody specificities important in the diagnosis of RA (Chapter 248). Citrulline is a post-translational modification of the amino acid arginine that results from deamidation. This chemical reaction is catalyzed by the enzyme peptidylarginine deiminase (PAD) and may occur in the setting of inflammation; the function of this modification is unknown. Citrullination can affect many different proteins, creating antigenic sites on proteins that include vimentin, enolase, and filaggrin.4

Although antibodies are directed to citrullinated residues on intact proteins, they can be measured using synthetic peptides containing citrulline. Among these synthetic antigens, a citrulline-containing peptide with a cyclic structure provides sensitive and specific assays in an ELISA format. Antibodies directed to this type of antigen are known as anti-CCP (cyclic citrullinated peptide) and can be formally distinguished from antibodies to the citrullinated proteins themselves (ACPA, or anti–citrullinated protein antibodies). The termanti-CCP is commonly used for these specificities, although it is not formally synonymous with ACPA. ACPA can be assessed by a variety of analytic techniques using as antigens both modified proteins as well as arrays of peptides. For detection of anti-CCP antibodies, the formulation of peptides has changed over the years as designated by assay generation. Furthermore, among commercially available assays, results can vary, making it important to know the performance characteristics of assays in interpreting the results of testing.

Anti-CCP antibodies are highly associated with RA and represent a criterion in the classification of patients with this disease.5 Depending on the assay, these antibodies occur in 60 to 70% of patients with RA5b and uncommonly in those with other forms of inflammatory arthritis. Significantly, anti-CCP antibodies can occur before the onset of other signs and symptoms of RA, suggesting utility for screening of at-risk patients. In addition, in patients with arthralgias without evidence of synovitis by examination, the presence of anti-CCP may predict the development of subsequent arthritis. Thus, because of the specificity of anti-CCP for RA, the presence of these antibodies in patients with early signs and symptoms of disease may indicate the diagnosis of RA and allow initiation of therapy before disease is fully manifest. In this regard, although RA can occur in the absence of anti-CCP antibodies, the presence of these antibodies may define disease subsets that differ in etiology, clinical course, and response to therapy.

Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Ross E. Petty, ... Lucy R. Wedderburn, in Textbook of Pediatric Rheumatology (Seventh Edition), 2016

Anti-cyclic Citrullinated Peptide Antibodies

Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPA) are also found in children with JIA. Tebo and colleagues evaluated 334 children with JIA and 50 healthy control children206 and demonstrated IgG anti-CCP antibodies in 73% of children with RF-positive polyarticular JIA, 19% with extended oligoarticular JIA, 13% with systemic JIA, 8% with RF-negative polyarticular JIA, 4% with ERA or persistent oligoarticular JIA, and in 2% of controls. In the group of 23 children with RF-negative, ACPA-positive disease, the ACPA titers were very low. There is evidence that citrullinated fibrinogen is the target antigen for ACPA in JIA.207 It is not certain that measurement of ACPA adds appreciably to the diagnosis or management of JIA.

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Laboratory tests in rheumatic disorders

Marc C. Hochberg MD, MPH, MACP, MACR, in Rheumatology, 2019

Antibodies to citrullinated protein and peptide antigens

In 1964, antibodies directed to keratohyaline granules of human buccal mucosa cells were described as a specific marker for RA. They were termedantiperinuclear factor (APF). Several years later, antibodies reacting with upper mucosal cells of the esophagus, so-called antikeratin antibodies (AKAs), were found that had a prevalence in and specificity for RA similar to those of APF. In the late 1990s, anti–citrullinated vimentin (anti-Sa) antibodies were described in Canada, and anti–citrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPAs) were described in Holland and France. All of these antibodies (APF, AKA, anti-Sa, ACPA) have now been shown to target citrullinated parts of proteins such as filaggrin, alpha-enolase, vimentin, and fibrin.

Citrullination is the result of deimination of arginine residues in these proteins by activation of Ca2+-dependent peptidylarginine deiminase enzymes during inflammation-induced apoptosis (programmed cell death). Leakage of these active enzymes into cells or onto synovial structures causes citrullination of proteins in many types of synovial inflammation. However, typically, only RA patients react to such modified proteins by producing significant amounts of ACPAs. This is likely to depend on the specific presentation of citrullinated peptides to T cells by shared epitope motifs on human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-DR molecules.

The diagnostic performance of ACPAs is superior to RF because they can be detected with a high specificity and moderate sensitivity for RA using citrullinated proteins or peptides in ELISA.13 Nevertheless, it should be noted that RF positivity still is a criterion for RA and that testing for both markers is important, especially to identify RF-positive/anti-ACPA–negative RA patients. The use of a cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP2 and CCP3) has become the most widely used surrogate antigen for detection of ACPA. Other identified citrullinated autoantigens in RA, such as citrullinated vimentin or mutated citrullinated vimentin (MCV), can also be used for detection of ACPA (Table 33.3). Several studies have demonstrated the presence of ACPAs up to a decade before the onset of clinical disease.14 When found in patients with early undifferentiated arthritis, ACPAs predicts later development of classic erosive RA. They are especially prevalent in RF-positive patients but can be found in around 25% of RF-negative RA patients as well.

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The ACPA test is helpful in discriminating between RA and psoriasis with erosive arthritis and between RA and hepatitis C–associated polyarthritis. Accumulating data suggest that RA patients seropositive for ACPAs or RF may respond better to certain biologics, including rituximab and abatacept. An association between ACPA positivity, HLA-DR alleles, and smoking has been shown in different cohorts.15

Etiology and Pathogenesis of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Gary S. Firestein, in Kelley and Firestein's Textbook of Rheumatology (Tenth Edition), 2017

Antibodies to Other Modified Antigens: Anti-carbamylated Peptide Antibodies

ACPAs are the best characterized antibodies directed against modified antigens in RA. However, other antibody systems are also present and could define additional subsets of disease. For example, some patients have antibodies that recognize carbamylated proteins. In this case, lysine is converted to homocitrulline through a non-enzymatic reaction with isocyanic acid and creates neo-epitopes in much the same manner as conversion of arginine to citrulline. Both ACPAs and anti-carbamylated protein antibodies (ACarPs) are present in a subset of patients with RA. More intriguingly, up to 30% of ACPA patients have ACarPs, including IgG and IgA antibodies.68 Like ACPAs, these novel antibodies, such as to carbamylated fibrinogen, can occur before the onset of clinical disease in nearly 40% of patients with RA.69 The antibodies can participate in the inflammatory response, and mice immunized with carbamylated peptides can develop erosive arthritis. Like ACPAs, the antibodies alone do not cause synovitis. However, lymphocytes from immunized animals can transfer disease to naïve mice.70 It is tempting to speculate that carbamylated peptides bind avidly to other HLA-DR molecules and define a specific at-risk population for RA.

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Autoantibodies in Rheumatoid Arthritis

Gary S. Firestein MD, in Firestein & Kelley's Textbook of Rheumatology, 2021

The Anti–cyclic Citrullinated Peptide (Anti-CCP) Antibody Assay

In the initial characterization of AKA/APF antibodies, a single C-terminal peptide derived from filaggrin (amino acids 306 to 324) was used to generate nine variants in which five arginine residues were changed to citrullines, either individually or in pairs, and immunoreactivity to these peptides was assayed by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA).24 Interestingly, although the peptides were almost identical (the only difference being that the citrulline residues had different positions within the peptide), remarkable differences were found in the serum reactivity toward each peptide (from 20% to 48% positivity), which suggested that, although citrullination played a critical role in antigen recognition by AKA/APF antibodies, the modification was not the only determinant that influenced antibody binding. The data rather suggested that AKA/APF represented a pool of antibodies with slightly different specificities, which recognized citrulline residues within the larger context of their surrounding amino acids. Indeed, when data from all peptides were pooled, assay sensitivity increased to 76%.24

Because peptides often adopt a β-turn conformation within the antibody–peptide complex,27 cysteine-bridged cyclic peptides have been shown to mimic the β-turn structure of the original antigenic determinant and bind with enhanced affinity to antibodies.28 Therefore, a cyclic citrullinated peptide of filaggrin was generated by substituting the terminal serine residues with cysteines and cyclizing the peptide through the formation of a disulfide bond. When they compared this cyclic citrullinated peptide (later namedCCP1) to its linear counterpart, it was demonstrated that the cyclic structure increased the sensitivity of the assay (68% vs. 49%, without affecting specificity).24,29 In 2000, CCP1 became the antigen for the first generation of ELISAs designed to detect antibodies against citrullinated autoantigens in the research setting (seeFig. 59.2), which led to the termanti–cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies.29

As a single antigen, CCP1 was specific for RA but was less sensitive than assays that used a combination of linear peptides (i.e., 76% vs. 68%).24 This prompted the development of libraries of CCPs that were used to construct the second-generation anti-CCP assay (CCP2), which was introduced for aiding in the diagnosis of RA in 200330 and broadly adopted for clinical use.31,32 Later, a third generation assay (CCP3) was made available for the laboratory diagnosis of RA. CCP3 reportedly recognizes additional citrullinated epitopes not identifiable with CCP2. Studies directly comparing second- and third-generation assays found them to perform very similarly,33,34 with a slightly increased sensitivity of CCP3 in one study (e.g., sensitivities of 82.9% vs. 78.6% for CCP2, with specificities in the 93% to 94% range) (seeTable 59.1).34

Cellular immunity in rheumatoid arthritis

J.S. Hill Gaston, in Rheumatology (Sixth Edition), 2015

Citrullinated proteins

ACPAs are now recognized as a highly specific feature of RA. Citrullination is a posttranslational modification of a protein (deimination of arginine carried out by petidylarginine deiminases [PADs]); such modifications are increasingly being recognized as targets of autoimmunity.7 Although most ACPA-positive patients are also rheumatoid factor positive, ACPAs have higher specificity for RA. Like rheumatoid factors, they can appear years before RA develops and are associated with erosive disease. ACPAs were first recognized as autoantibodies to keratin (which has many citrullines residues), but the relevant target of ACPAs in RA is still being debated. As noted earlier, immune responses to citrullinated type II collagen and biglycan are described, but responses to other citrullinated proteins unrelated to joints have also been examined, including vimentin, fibrinogen, aggrecan, heat shock proteins (hsps), and α-enolase.8 For α-enolase the immunodominant citrullinated peptide recognized is conserved in α-enolase from the bacterium Porphyromonas gingivalis, an etiologic agent of periodontitis, which is a condition common in patients with RA. Intriguingly, this bacterium uniquely possesses its own deiminase (i.e., a bacterial PAD). Enolases are common targets of the immune response to bacteria.

Because ACPAs are of high affinity and class switched, involvement of T cells in their generation can be assumed. T cells can recognize citrullinated peptides,9 although responses in RA patients were relatively weak and the particular antigen recognized varied from patient to patient. A shared epitope–containing HLA-DR allele was shown to bind a citrullinated peptide more strongly than the equivalent peptide containing arginine and to provoke an immune response (Fig. 92.1). If the unmodified peptide fails to bind strongly to the MHC in the thymus, T cells specific for that self-peptide will not be negatively selected and may later be available to recognize the citrullinated peptide that binds the MHC tightly—the citrulline residue confers binding to the MHC but does not need to contribute to what the T-cell receptor (TCR) “sees.” That tolerance can be broken in this way is illustrated by induction of arthritis in HLA-DR4 transgenic mice via citrullinated fibrinogen.10

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Arginine and Citrulline as Nutraceuticals

S.N. Kaore, Navinchandra M. Kaore, in Nutraceuticals, 2016

Abbreviations

ACPA

anticitrullinated protein antibodies

AD

Alzheimer’s disease

ADMA

asymmetri dimethyl arginine

ALT

alanine aminotransferase

ARDS

acute respiratory distress syndrome

Arg

arginine

ASL

arginosuccinate lyase

ASS

arginosuccinate synthase

AST

aspartate aminotransferase

ATP

adenosine triphosphate

AUC

area under the curve

BP

blood pressure

BPD

bronchopulmonary dysplasia

CD3

cluster of differentiation

cGMP

cyclic guanosine monophosphate

Cit

citrulline

CNS

central nervous system

CPS

carbamoyl phosphate synthetase

CPT

cold pressor test

DNA

deoxyribonucleic acid

DSHEA

Dietary Supplement, Health, and Education Act

eNOS

endothelial nitric oxide synthase

HDL

high-density lipoprotein cholesterol

HuArgI (Co)-PEG5000

human recombinant arginase

IgA

immunoglobulin A

IgM

immunoglobulin M

IL-10

interleukin 10

IL-6

interleukin 6

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iNOS

inducible nitric oxide synthase

IR

immediate release

IUGR

intrauterine growth restriction

L-NAME

L-arginine derivative, NG-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester

MELAS

mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes syndrome

MID

multi-infarct

mTOR

mammalian target of rapamycin

nNOS

neuronal nitric oxide synthase

NO

nitric oxide

NOS

nitric oxide synthase

O2

oxygen

OAT

ornithine-δ–aminotransferase

OTC

ornithine transcarbamylase

PADs

peptidylarginine-deaminases

PDE

pyridoxine-dependent epilepsy

PH

pulmonary hypertension

PP

pulse pressure

PU

pressure ulcers

RF

rheumatoid factor

RNS

reactive nitrogen species

ROS

reactive oxygen species

RVH

right ventricular hypertrophy

sGC

soluble guanylylcyclase

SBS

short bowel syndrome

SHR

spontaneously hypertensive rats

SR

sustained release

TNF-α

tumor necrosis factor alpha

TPN

total parenteral nutrition

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RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Lori A. Lavelle, ... Elizabeth Demers Lavelle, in Current Therapy in Pain, 2009

CYCLIC CITRULLINATED PROTEIN ANTIBODIES

The cyclic citrullinated protein (CCP) antibody is a test that has been used commercially for the past few years as a blood test to determine the presence of early RA. This kit tests for citrullination in a process catalyzed by peptidyl arginine deaminase. This CCP test is specific but not sensitive for the detection of RA. Citrullinated proteins were also found in bronchoalveolar lung fluid in smokers but not in nonsmokers. Thus, a patient who smokes and has joint pain may have a positive CCP antibody but yet not have RA. No studies have been performed to determine whether RA patients who have a positive CCP antibody also have worse prognosis as do those who have a positive rheumatoid factor.

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Autoimmune Disease

David F. Keren, in The Immunoassay Handbook (Fourth Edition), 2013

Clinical Applications

The presence of anti-CCP antibodies has a specificity of >90% for RA. When used in combination with the rheumatoid factor assay, the positive predictive value approaches 100%. They may be detected years before the onset of clinical symptoms of RA. Its presence is also associated with the severity of the disease at the time of diagnosis. Since the presence of anti-CCP early in the disease is associated with an increased risk of joint erosion, more aggressive therapy may be indicated than in anti-CCP negative cases. The RA-7 revised criteria for the diagnosis of RA by the American College of Rheumatology improved the sensitivity without decreasing specificity by replacing the requirement for rheumatoid nodules with a positive anti-CCP test result (Zhao et al., 2010; Banal et al., 2009).

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POLYARTHRITIS

Alan M. Rosenberg, Kiem G. Oen, in Textbook of Pediatric Rheumatology (Sixth Edition), 2011

ANTICITRULLINATED PROTEIN ANTIBODIES

In children with JIA only those with polyarthritis onset subtypes have ACPA; however, similar to adults with RA, the concordance with RF positivity is not complete. Although individual series are small (9 to 20 patients), the frequency of ACPA in RF-positive polyarthritis varies from 57% to 90% (mean 73%), and, as discussed earlier, some patients (up to 17%) with RF-negative polyarthritis have positive ACPA tests.74,75,159-161 As in adults there is an association of ACPA positivity with DR4 and erosions.74 Currently, it is not clear that testing for ACPA in children with polyarthritis has prognostic value greater than RF.

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FAQs

What does it mean when CCP antibodies are high? ›

Anti–cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibody levels are characteristically elevated in rheumatoid arthritis, although they can be elevated in other rheumatologic conditions associated with inflammatory arthritis, such as systemic lupus erythematosus.

What is CCP antibody normal range? ›

The normal level of anti-CCP antibodies is less than 20 units/mL. Anything over this level means that you test positive for the antibodies and anything below means you test negative [8].

What happens if anti-CCP antibody is positive? ›

Positive CCP antibodies and positive RF, it likely means that you have rheumatoid arthritis. Positive CCP antibodies and negative RF, it may mean you are in the early stages of rheumatoid arthritis or will develop it in the future.

What disease is anti-CCP antibody associated with? ›

Anti-cyclic citrullinated peptides (anti-CCP) are a type of autoantibody: an antibody that works againstyour body's normal antibodies. Anti-CCP is commonly produced when you have rheumatoid arthritis. These autoantibodies begin targeting and attacking otherwise healthy tissue.

What does a CCP blood test tell you? ›

The CCP (cyclic citrullinated peptide) antibody test measures CCP antibodies in the blood. CCP antibodies are proteins that are part of an immune system attack on healthy tissues and cells, such as the joints. A healthcare provider may order this test to help diagnose rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Is CCP high in lupus? ›

Anti-CCP was positive in 15 of 109 SLE patients, and one of them had confirmed the diagnosis of rhupus. This prevalence was significantly higher than in healthy controls (p = 0.0004) and lower than in RA patients (p < 0.0001). No relationship could be found with clinical profile, including joint complaints.

What are the 4 stages of rheumatoid arthritis? ›

The four stages of rheumatoid arthritis are known as synovitis, pannus, fibrous ankylosis, and bony ankylosis.
  • Stage I: Synovitis. During stage I, you may start having mild symptoms, including joint pain and joint stiffness. ...
  • Stage II: Pannus. ...
  • Stage III: Fibrous Ankylosis. ...
  • Stage IV: Bony Ankylosis.
12 Oct 2021

What cancers have high rheumatoid factor? ›

8 Types of Cancer Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • 01 of 08. Lung cancer. Getty Images. ...
  • 02 of 08. Skin cancer. Getty Images. ...
  • 03 of 08. Myeloma. ...
  • 04 of 08. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease. ...
  • 05 of 08. Lymphoma linked to TNF inhibitors. ...
  • 06 of 08. Leukemia. ...
  • 07 of 08. Breast and colorectal cancer. ...
  • 08 of 08. Prostate cancer.
29 Sept 2011

Does anti-CCP confirm rheumatoid arthritis? ›

People who test positive for anti-CCP are very likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis, but not everybody with rheumatoid arthritis has this antibody. Those who test positive for both rheumatoid factor and anti-CCP may be more likely to have severe rheumatoid arthritis requiring higher levels of treatment.

How accurate is the CCP test? ›

With a specificity of about 96% and a positive likelihood ratio of about 14, anti-CCP assists with the diagnosis of RA. It is present in only a quarter to half of patients before or at diagnosis, so a negative result does not rule out RA. It can also predict aggressive joint erosion.

Can you have CCP antibodies and not have RA? ›

Background. The anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) antibody is a diagnostic biomarker of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, some non-RA connective tissue disease (CTD) patients also test positive for the anti-CCP antibody and, thus, may ultimately develop RA.

Can anti-CCP change from positive to negative? ›

In contrast, individuals changing from anti-CCP positive to negative had radiographic and functional outcomes at 5 years similar to those that remained positive, although a trend towards lower disease activity appeared, as assessed by DAS28 and swollen-joint count (Table ​ 2).

What if anti-CCP is more than 200? ›

Patients with high levels of anti-CCP (> 200 U/ml) had higher SENS (p < 0.05). There was no correlation between M-HAQ and anti-CCP. Conclusion: Prevalence of anti-CCP was higher among patients with higher activity.

How do you permanently treat rheumatoid arthritis? ›

There is no cure for rheumatoid arthritis. But clinical studies indicate that remission of symptoms is more likely when treatment begins early with medications known as disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs).

What is the normal range for rheumatoid factor? ›

Value, normal less than 15 IU/mL. Titer, normal less than 1:80 (1 to 80)

What can cause false positive CCP? ›

False positives are more common with RF than anti-CCP. There are many infections, connective tissue diseases, malignancies, and advancing age factors associated with false-positive RF tests.

What is a normal CRP level in rheumatoid arthritis? ›

Normal CRP levels are typically below 3.0 mg/L . Keep in mind that the normal reference range often varies between labs. A high-sensitivity CRP (hsCRP) test can detect levels below 10.0 mg/L.

How do I lower my CCP levels? ›

Vitamin D may help lower anti-CCP antibodies by suppressing overactive immune cells that attack the body's own proteins and tissues [17]. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to both rheumatoid arthritis and higher anti-CCP antibodies.

Is CCP high in lupus? ›

Anti-CCP was positive in 15 of 109 SLE patients, and one of them had confirmed the diagnosis of rhupus. This prevalence was significantly higher than in healthy controls (p = 0.0004) and lower than in RA patients (p < 0.0001). No relationship could be found with clinical profile, including joint complaints.

What cancers have high rheumatoid factor? ›

8 Types of Cancer Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • 01 of 08. Lung cancer. Getty Images. ...
  • 02 of 08. Skin cancer. Getty Images. ...
  • 03 of 08. Myeloma. ...
  • 04 of 08. Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and Hodgkin's disease. ...
  • 05 of 08. Lymphoma linked to TNF inhibitors. ...
  • 06 of 08. Leukemia. ...
  • 07 of 08. Breast and colorectal cancer. ...
  • 08 of 08. Prostate cancer.
29 Sept 2011

What are the 4 stages of rheumatoid arthritis? ›

The four stages of rheumatoid arthritis are known as synovitis, pannus, fibrous ankylosis, and bony ankylosis.
  • Stage I: Synovitis. During stage I, you may start having mild symptoms, including joint pain and joint stiffness. ...
  • Stage II: Pannus. ...
  • Stage III: Fibrous Ankylosis. ...
  • Stage IV: Bony Ankylosis.
12 Oct 2021

Can your anti-CCP change? ›

Conclusions: Our study showed that anti-CCP levels may change during RA course, regardless of the biological drug used and the clinical response.

Can you have CCP antibodies and not have RA? ›

Background. The anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) antibody is a diagnostic biomarker of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). However, some non-RA connective tissue disease (CTD) patients also test positive for the anti-CCP antibody and, thus, may ultimately develop RA.

How do I know if I have rheumatoid arthritis or lupus? ›

No one test can tell if you have RA or lupus. Instead, your doctor will ask about your symptoms and family history, do a physical exam, and order some lab and imaging tests. During the physical exam, your doctor will feel your joints to see if the swelling feels hard. If it does, it could mean you have osteoarthritis.

What labs are abnormal with lupus? ›

A low white blood cell or platelet count may occur in lupus as well. Erythrocyte sedimentation rate. This blood test determines the rate at which red blood cells settle to the bottom of a tube in an hour. A faster than normal rate may indicate a systemic disease, such as lupus.

What does lupus arthritis feel like? ›

Lupus can also cause inflammation in the joints, which doctors call “inflammatory arthritis.” It can make your joints hurt and feel stiff, tender, warm, and swollen. Lupus arthritis most often affects joints that are farther from the middle of your body, like your fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and toes.

Can anti CCP be lowered? ›

DMARDs also reduced the anti-CCP or RF level by 25%, but only shorter disease duration (≤12 months) was significantly correlated with a decline in the levels of anti-CCP antibody (90). In conclusion, short-term biological therapy (<6 weeks) can effectively suppress the serum anti-CCP level in RA patients.

How do people get rheumatoid arthritis? ›

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition, which means it's caused by the immune system attacking healthy body tissue. However, it's not yet known what triggers this. Your immune system normally makes antibodies that attack bacteria and viruses, helping to fight infection.

What is the highest rheumatoid factor? ›

The "normal" range (or negative test result) for rheumatoid factor is less than 14 IU/ml. Any result with values 14 IU/ml or above is considered abnormally high, elevated, or positive.

What is the life expectancy of a person with rheumatoid arthritis? ›

The average duration of disease were 10.5 years in male patients and 17.7 years in female. The average life span of the patients with RA, revealing 65.8 years in male and 63.7 years in female, were much shorter than of general population. The causes of all deaths were investigated by ourselves and/or autopsy.

Can you have RA for 20 years and not know it? ›

In a few people with RA -- about 5% to 10% -- the disease starts suddenly, and then they have no symptoms for many years, even decades. Symptoms that come and go. This happens to about 15% of people with rheumatoid arthritis. You may have periods of few or no problems that can last months between flare-ups.

Is RA considered a disability? ›

The Social Security Administration (SSA) considers RA a disability if a person meets the following eligibility criteria: the person's condition is so severe that they will need to be out of work for 12 months or more. the person has gained enough work credits to qualify for disability benefits.

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