New criteria for polymyalgia rheumatica

Experts have released the first formal criteria for classifying polymyalgia rheumatica, in a bid to improve identification of the condition in over 50s.

Professor Lyn March, from Royal North Shore Hospital and the University of Sydney, welcomed the new provisional criteria and scoring system, launched recently by US and European expert groups.

Although intended primarily for standardising clinical trials, and not for formal diagnoses, Professor March said: “It would not be unreasonable for GPs to use these criteria to consider giving patients a trial of [low-dose]

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