Gout classification emerges from the ‘70s

A new classification system to decide whether or not a patient has gout is set to replace the existing ACR system which was devised in 1977.

The new scoring methodology will provide the consistency of diagnosis that is needed in a clinical trial setting, say the authors from the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and the European League Against Rheumatism.

To be classified as having gout, patients must