Diagnostic tests for rheumatoid arthritis: comparison of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies, anti-keratin antibodies and IgM rheumatoid factors.

@article{Bas2002DiagnosticTF,
  title={Diagnostic tests for rheumatoid arthritis: comparison of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide antibodies, anti-keratin antibodies and IgM rheumatoid factors.},
  author={Sylvette Bas and Thomas Perneger and Michael Seitz and J. M. Tiercy and Pascale Roux-Lombard and Pierre Andr{\'e} Guerne},
  journal={Rheumatology},
  year={2002},
  volume={41 7},
  pages={809-14}
}
OBJECTIVES To examine the value of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies, anti-keratin antibodies (AKA) and immunoglobulin M rheumatoid factors (IgM RF) in discriminating between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other rheumatic diseases, and to determine whether the clinical manifestations or severity of erosions in RA are associated with anti-CCP positivity. METHODS In a cross-sectional study, we determined the concentrations or titres of these three markers in 179 RA patients… CONTINUE READING