The new ASAS classification criteria for axial and peripheral spondyloarthritis: Promises and pitfalls

Sarah Lipton, Atul Deodhar

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Spondyloarthritis (SpA), if not diagnosed and treated early, often leads to significant morbidity. Unfortunately, diagnosis and implementation of therapy are frequently delayed, in many cases by years. The Assessment of SpondyloArthritis International Society has recently developed new criteria for classification of both axial and peripheral SpA. The new criteria were formulated with the aim of enhancing design of clinical trials, and ultimately leading to earlier and more effective diagnosis and treatment in the clinical setting. This paper reviews the process of the development of both sets of criteria, and discusses their potential advantages and disadvantages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-682
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Clinical Rheumatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1 2012



  • HLA-B27
  • ankylosing spondylitis
  • axial spondyloarthritis
  • dactylitis
  • enthesitis
  • inflammatory bowel disease-related arthrits
  • psoriatic arthritis
  • reactive arthritis
  • sacroiliitis
  • spondylitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology

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