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A study for patients with new joint symptoms or family members of patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Rheumatoid arthritis is associated with markers in the blood such as anti-CCP antibodies.

We would like to assess whether anti –CCP antibodies are present in samples other than the blood. These are samples which originate from different sites within the body e.g. stools which represents the gut, sputum which represents the lungs and fluid from near the gums which represents the mouth. These sites are called mucosal sites. All of these mucosal sites have been associated with possibly triggering autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis. By taking samples from these sites we can determine whether they could be involved in causing or triggering rheumatoid arthritis in the future.

What do I have to do?
You will be asked to provide a stool and sputum sample, and undergo a dental assessment.

If you are interested or think you could participate in any of the trials, please speak to one of our patient advisors who will be able to help you.