Clinical Rheumatology

, Volume 30, Issue 7, pp 955–957 | Cite as

Prevalence of IgA class antibodies to cyclic citrullinated peptide in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

  • Hans-Jacob Haga
  • Øyvind Palm
  • Elisabeth Peen
Original Article


Determine the prevalence of anti-CCP isotype IgA and its relation to peripheral arthritis in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). In a population-based cohort of 654 patients with a definitive diagnosis of IBD, 521 patients were clinically examined by a rheumatologist 6 years after IBD diagnosis Blood serum samples of 416 of these patients were available and analyzed. Antibodies against cyclic citrullinated peptides anti-CCP IgA were determined in the serum samples by an immunofluoresence technique ELiA TM. Among the 416 IBD patients, 5 had a positive IgA class anti-CCP, giving a prevalence of 1.2%. Only four anti-CCP IgA-negative patients had a positive rheumatoid factor IgM, compared to two out of five anti-CCP IgA-positive IBD patients (10.2% versus 40.0%; p = 0.002). There were four patients with rheumatoid arthritis, two in each patient population (0.5% versus 40.0%; p = 0.0007). Four of the five anti-CCP IgA-positive IBD patients had arthritis, two with rheumatoid arthritis, and two with other arthritis. In this first study on the prevalence of IgA anti-CCP antibodies in IBD patients, we demonstrate a low prevalence, but these antibodies are associated with arthritis and positive IgM rheumatoid factor in IBD patients.


Anti-CCP Inflammatory bowel disease 



We thank Bjarne Kristensen in Phadia ApS for cooperation, technical support and supplying the kit for analysis of anti-CCP IgA. We thank the laboratory staff at Kong Christian 9th. Gigthospital in Graasten, Denmark for support. We also thank Kvinnherrad and Stord Rheumatism Association for their financial support. We thank IBSEN Study Group for their cooperation and making it able for us to perform this study.




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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans-Jacob Haga
    • 1
    • 3
  • Øyvind Palm
    • 1
    • 2
  • Elisabeth Peen
    • 1
  1. 1.Aalborg University EsbjergEsbjergDenmark
  2. 2.Department of RheumatologyOslo University Hospital RikshospitaletOsloNorway
  3. 3.Reumaklinik DanmarkEsbjergDenmark

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