Best-in-class diagnostics that make a measurable difference to the management of patients with rheumatic diseases
The challenge of the rheumatic disease patient
The often-vague and overlapping symptoms of early rheumatic disease can make differentiation challenging,1 leading to an average time to diagnosis of 6-42 months, disease dependent.2-8 Delays in diagnosis are associated with poorer patient outcomes,9-17 so clinically relevant, reliable testing is vital from the beginning. Since rheumatic disease patients carry an increased risk of comorbidities, including other autoimmune conditions, cardiovascular disease and malignancy,18-20 early intervention is key.21-25
Early, accurate diagnosis can help reduce the burden on the healthcare system
When patients suffer from non-specific symptoms such as fatigue and arthralgia, tests for anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) by indirect immunofluorescence or solid phase ANA screens, anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies, and rheumatoid factor (RF) are commonly requested.26
However, testing is fallible; depending on the marker, 5-50% of these tests may provide false positive results. This can lead to further testing, avoidable referrals, misdiagnosis, inappropriate management, and even lawsuits.27-35 Given that up to 70% of medical decisions are based on results of testing for diagnostic markers,36-39 and that approximately 15% of medical cases in developed countries are misdiagnosed, leading to substantial costs,40-44 it is vital that test results are reliable.
When you get an EliATM test result, you can trust it to help you make the right clinical decision – leading to better patient outcomes
EliATM rheumatic disease tests* have been shown consistently to provide the most clinically accurate results, when compared with alternative tests,45-57 meaning:
The high sensitivity, even for difficult-to-detect autoantibodies such as Ro,58 ensures that you detect a comparable number of patients
The superior specificity of EliA rheumatic disease tests* minimises the number of false positives – potentially reducing avoidable investigations and treatment
You can correctly diagnose patients sooner, ensuring they receive the best management during the window of opportunity, and improving outcomes
What are the benefits of using EliATM tests?
EliA best-in-class tests45-57
Results when you need them – PhadiaTM Laboratory Systems have outstanding reliability49
Proven reproducibility – demonstrated across >4,800 laboratory systems installed worldwide49
EliA tests support an early, accurate diagnosis, which can help to minimise:
Follow-up costs associated with misdiagnoses
Avoidable emergency care
Risk of malpractice lawsuits
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