ANTI-CYCLIC CITRULLINATED PEPTIDE ANTIBODIES AS A TOOL IN DIFFRENTIATING PATIENTS WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS FROM PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC HEPATITIS C INFECTION-ASSOCIATED POLYARTICULAR INVOLVEMENT

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Ibrar Ahmad
Amjad Taqweem
Zafar Ali
Intekhab Alam
Amjad Mehboob

Abstract

Objective: To assess the utility of anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies in distinguishing
between patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and patients with polyarticular involvement associated
with chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.
Methodology: All the patients enrolled in this study were examined in the outpatient department of
medicine unit at Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar from February to December 2010. Serum anti-CCP
antibodies and rheumatoid factor (RF) were evaluated in 29 patients with RA, 13 patients with chronic
HCV infection a associated with articular involvement and 35 patients with chronic HCV infection without
any joint involvement.
Results: Anti-CCP antibodies were detected in18 of 29 (62.1%) patients with RA, 7 of 13(53.8%) patients
having HCV with RA like arthropathy but not in a single patient with chronic HCV infection with no
articular involvement. Conversely, RF was detected in 25 of 29 (86.2%) patients with RA, 9 of 13 (69.2%)
patients with HCV-related RA like arthropathy and 8 of 31 (22.9%) patients with HCV infection without
joint involvement.
Conclusion: This concludes that anti-CCP antibodies can be useful in discriminating patients with RA from
patients with HCV-associated arthropathy.

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Ahmad I, Taqweem A, Ali Z, Alam I, Mehboob A. ANTI-CYCLIC CITRULLINATED PEPTIDE ANTIBODIES AS A TOOL IN DIFFRENTIATING PATIENTS WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS FROM PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC HEPATITIS C INFECTION-ASSOCIATED POLYARTICULAR INVOLVEMENT. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2012 Jun. 29 [cited 2022 Dec. 9];26(3). Available from: https://www.jpmi.org.pk/index.php/jpmi/article/view/1296
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