Tarrytown, NY, June 7, 2013: Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics has obtained FDA clearance to offer U.S. laboratories an anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) IgG assay to aid diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a chronic, progressive autoimmune disease affecting approximately 1.3 million Americans¹. Available on the company’s IMMULITE® 2000/2000 XPi immunoassay systems, the anti-CCP IgG assay affords laboratories the ability to integrate RA testing onto an automated, random-access analyzer.
RA causes joint inflammation and, without early diagnosis and aggressive treatment, may lead to joint destruction, organ damage and deformity. Currently, the anti-CCP antibody is considered the most specific RA marker and is critical for early diagnosis. High levels of the anti-CCP antibody also indicate more aggressive RA and higher joint damage risk compared to patients with lower levels.
With a clinical specificity of 97 percent, the IMMULITE anti-CCP IgG assay offers laboratories and clinicians a highly accurate diagnostic tool for fast and early RA diagnosis. The assay also helps rule out other inflammatory and arthritic conditions, enabling physicians to determine an appropriate treatment path.
For further information on the IMMULITE anti-CCP assay, please visit: www.healthcare.siemens.com/autoimmune
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¹ Arthritis Foundation. Disease Center. Rheumatoid Arthritis. Available at: http://www.arthritis.org/conditions-treatments/disease-center/rheumatoid-arthritis/. Accessed 2/21/13.
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