AVISE CTD is a comprehensive autoimmune connective tissue disease (CTD) diagnostic tool that leverages the highest quality standards and scientific analysis to provide rheumatologists with actionable results.
AVISE CTD is a blood test that provides insight into the differential diagnosis among a host of challenging diseases to diagnose including:
– Lupus (SLE)
– Rheumatoid arthritis
– Sjögren’s syndrome
– Polymyositis and dermatomyositis
– Scleroderma/systemic sclerosis
– Anti-phospholipid syndrome
– Autoimmune thyroid disease – Hashimoto’s and Grave’s
AVISE testing incorporates several biomarkers that are exclusively available from Exagen, including CB-CAPs and anti-CarP, as well as novel markers not widely available, including anti-C1q and anti-PS/PT.
Cell-Bound Complement Activation Products (or CB-CAPs) are stable biomarkers of complement activation, the key part of the disease process for the development of tissue damage in lupus. These biomarkers demonstrate excellent diagnostic performance over current diagnostic biomarkers alone.
Exagen is the provider of novel prognostic biomarkers that aid in the identification of patients who may be at risk for thrombosis and lupus nephritis.
Anti-Phosphatidylserine/prothrombin (PS/PT) – a complex antigen distinct from PS or PT alone, which helps physicians assess a patient’s risk of thrombosis and pregnancy loss associated with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). In addition, PS/PT has been found to correlate very strongly to APS manifestations.
Anti-C1q- helps physicians assess a patient’s risk of thrombosis and lupus nephritis.
Both anti-PS/PT and anti-C1q are included in the AVISE SLE Prognostic and can be ordered at the same time as AVISE CTD.
SLE associated markers:
– EC4d & BC4d
– Anti-dsDNA (by ELISA and confirmation by Crithidia)
– ANA (by ELISA and IIF)
Extractable Nuclear Antigens Antibodies associated with autoimmune conditions that cause lupus-like symptoms:
– Anti-RNA Pol III
– Anti-Histone (optional)
Markers associated with rheumatoid arthritis:
– RF IgM
– RF IgA
Markers associated with Antiphospholipid syndrome a common condition associated with SLE:
– Anti-Cardiolipin IgM
– Anti-Cardiolipin IgG
– Anti-B2-GP 1 IgM
– Anti-B2-GP 1 IgG
Markers associated with autoimmune thyroid disease:
– Anti-Thyroid Peroxidase
In a multicenter study including 794 subjects, AVISE CTD demonstrated superior performance over ANA and anti-dsDNA with:
- 33% increased specificity over ANA
- 48% increased sensitivity over anti-dsDNA
- In addition, AVISE CTD’s scientifically proven CB-CAPs technology has also demonstrated a 22% increased sensitivity over C3/C4.
Putterman C, et al. Lupus Science & Medicine. 2014.
Physicians interested in ordering AVISE CTD can request a sample preparation guide that provides easy-to-follow instructions and the required materials, including a prepaid shipping label, ice pack and insulated interior to protect the specimens in transit.
Specimen collection tubes can also be provided upon request.
To request a kit, call 888.452-1522 or email us at [email protected]
Patients interested in having the test performed should present our physician request letter to their doctor.
AVISE CTD results are provided to the ordering physician within 5 business days from receipt of the sample.