Whether you are a new arthritis patient or have a long history, your doctor likely has ordered blood tests to help diagnose the disease or to help monitor the effectiveness of your treatment. The most commonly used blood tests for arthritis patients include sedimentation rate, CRP, and rheumatoid factor. Anti-CCP, ANA, and tests to monitor liver and kidney function are also sometimes ordered. There is now a new test, called Vectra DA, that monitors disease activity.
Since Vectra DA was first introduced in late 2010, Crescendo Bioscience reports that 20% of rheumatologists in the U.S. have utilized the information the tool can provide. Vectra DA assembles a panel of 12 biomarkers associated with rheumatoid arthritis to produce a score that is representative of disease activity. Learn about the 12 biomarkers and what you need to know in What Is Vectra DA?
- Sedimentation Rate - What Is It?
- What Is C-Reactive Protein (CRP)?
- What Is Rheumatoid Factor?
- What Is Anti-CCP?
- ANA (Antinuclear Antibody) Test
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