New Delhi: An analysis on diagnostic tests for Rheumatoid arthritis done over the last three years at its laboratories, has affirmed that women are more at risk of rheumatoid arthritis than men. The analysis was done by SRL Diagnostics specifically on reports of 4567 samples which were referred for a comprehensive list of tests recommended in the disease.
The analysis further showed that positivity for rheumatoid arthritis tests did not increase with age in adults as is the case with other kinds of arthritis such as osteoarthritis. Essentially, an individual over the age of 25 is as susceptible to rheumatoid arthritis as a 45 year old or 65 year old.
Rheumatoid arthritis refers to an autoimmune disease, wherein one’s own immune system starts attacking various joints in the body. SRL conducts a panel of tests which include the four major indicators:
Rheumatoid factor (RF)- A common indicator to detect rheumatoid arthritis
Anti-cyclic citrullinated protein (aCCP)- Recent biomarker which detects rheumatoid arthritis with better clarity
Antinuclear antibodies (ANA)- It is used to detect the presence of an auto-immune disease
C-reactive protein (CRP) – It is used to check the severity of an inflammatory disease including an auto-immune disease