What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a common autoimmune disease and is characterised by the inflammation of the joints causing pain, swelling and stiffness. While it is more common in women over 40 years of age, it can affect anyone at any age, including children. The exact causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis are still unknown but the disease can be triggered by general illnesses and severe emotional or physical trauma. It usually first noticed in peripheral joints such as the fingers, wrists and ankles, but can affect any joint.
With the availability of sophisticated therapies and drugs, it is important to diagnose and treat the disease early to avoid long-term damage.
How does the test work?
A positive CPA + RF is 99.9% diagnostic of Rheumatoid Arthritis, which can be detected up to five years before symptoms appear making early treatment more effective by avoiding the worst effects.
There is no treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis however, if your results are positive you should discuss your results with your GP who can, if necessary, prescribe drugs or therapies that can be successful in:
• Reducing inflammation, pain, and stiffness in affected joints.
• Preventing or limiting the amount of joint damage.
Sample requirements & test turnaround
A pin-prick blood sample is required. Results are available within 10 working days.