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The American College of
Rheumatology (ACR) and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) worked together to develop the 2010 Rheumatoid Arthritis Classification Criteria for rheumatoid arthritis.1 The goal is to identify possible rheumatoid arthritis early so there is no delay in starting treatment.
The classification criteria are used to evaluate people who have swelling in at least one joint that is not explained by another disease such as lupus or gout. An evaluation results in a score between 0 and 10. Rheumatoid arthritis is diagnosed if the score is 6 or more. Here is a summary of the criteria.1
Aletaha D, et al. (2010). 2010 rheumatoid arthritis classification criteria: An American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism
collaborative initiative. Arthritis and Rheumatism, 62(9): 2569–2581.
June 5, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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