Who should be tested for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to 2010 ACR/EULAR criteria?

Updated: Aug 22, 2019
  • Author: Howard R Smith, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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The 2010 ACR/EULAR classification criteria for RA are designed to identify patients with unexplained inflammatory arthritis in at least 1 peripheral joint and a short duration of symptoms who would benefit from early therapeutic intervention. They represents a paradigm shift from the 1987 ACR criteria, which lacked the sensitivity to detect early RA. [1]

According to the ACR/EULAR criteria, patients who should be tested are those (1) who have at least 1 joint with definite clinical synovitis and (2) whose synovitis is not better explained by another disease (eg, lupus, psoriatic arthritis, or gout).


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