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Journal of Immunology Research
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 915276, 12 pages
Review Article

Meta-Analysis: Diagnostic Accuracy of Anti-Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide Antibody for Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

1Department of Laboratory Medicine, General Hospital of Jinan Military Area, Jinan, Shandong 250031, China
2Department of Laboratory Medicine, Jinan Central Hospital, Jinan, Shandong 250013, China
3Division of Chest Disease, The Fourth Hospital of Jinan, Jinan, Shandong 250031, China

Received 14 November 2014; Accepted 1 February 2015

Academic Editor: Jacek Tabarkiewicz

Copyright © 2015 Yan Wang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Objective. To estimate the diagnostic accuracy of the anti-CCP test in JIA and to evaluate factors associated with higher accuracy. Methods. Two investigators performed an extensive search of the literature published between January 2000 and January 2014. The included articles were assessed by the Quality Assessment of Diagnostic Accuracy Studies tool. The meta-analysis was performed using a summary ROC (SROC) curve and a bivariate random-effect model to estimate sensitivity and specificity across studies. Results. The bivariate meta-analysis yielded a pooled sensitivity and specificity of 10% (95% confidence interval (CI): 6.0%–15.0%) and 99.0% (95% CI: 98.0%–100.0%). The area under the SROC curve was 0.96. Sensitivity estimates were highly heterogeneous, which was partially explained by the higher sensitivity in the rheumatoid factor-positive polyarthritis (RF+ PA) subtype (48.0%; 95% CI: 31.0%–65.0%) than in the other subtypes (17.0%; 95% CI: 14.0%–20.0%) and the higher sensitivity of the Inova assay (17.0%; 95% CI: 14.0%–20.%%) than the other assays (0.05%; 95% CI: 2.0%–11.0%). Conclusions. Anti-CCP antibody test has a high specificity for the diagnosis of JIA. The sensitivity of this test is low and varies across populations but is higher in RF+ PA than in other JIA subtypes.