The RA diagnostic criteria
RA diagnosis is determined by the 2010 American College of Rheumatology / European League Against Rheumatism classification criteria.
Four categories combine to form a total score of 10. A score of >= 6/10 is necessary for diagnosis.
Categories consist of: A, joint involvement, B, serolgy (RF and CCP), C, acute phase reactants (CRP and ESR), D, duration of symptoms.
RA management - early treatment is highly important
RA therapies include non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), corticosteroids and disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) with or without biologic activity. Acting early, with appropriate treatment has been shown to improve outcomes.
RA window of opportunity - early, effective treatment of RA is known to improve prognosis
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