Siemens introduces latest anti-CCP assay
Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics has added a new anti-CCP assay to its automated immunoassay menu for the Immulite 2000 and Immulite 2000 XPi immunoassay systems. The assay is a fully-automated test that offers laboratories a highly-specific immunoassay for the measurement of anti-CCP.
Anti-CCP is used as an aid in the diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) through the semi-quantitative measurement of human IgG to cyclic citrullinated peptide (CCP) in serum and plasma. Timely RA diagnosis is critical in order to treat patients as early as possible, thereby delaying and/or preventing joint erosion. Anti-CCP antibodies precede clinical symptoms of RA by years and have proven to be a specific, predictive marker for early detection of the disease.