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The classification criteria for Sjögren syndrome: issues for their improvement from the study of a large Italian cohort of patients
  1. Luca Quartuccio1,
  2. Chiara Baldini2,
  3. Roberta Priori3,
  4. Elena Bartoloni4,
  5. Francesco Carubbi5,
  6. Roberto Giacomelli5,
  7. Roberto Gerli4,
  8. Guido Valesini3,
  9. Salvatore De Vita1,
  10. Stefano Bombardieri2
  1. 1Rheumatology Clinic of Udine, University of Udine, Department of Medical and Biological Sciences, Udine, Italy
  2. 2Rheumatology Clinic of Pisa, Pisa, Italy
  3. 3Rheumatology Clinic of Rome “La Sapienza”, Rome, Italy
  4. 4Rheumatology Clinic of Perugia, Perugia, Italy
  5. 5Rheumatology Clinic of L'Aquila, L'Aquila, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Luca Quartuccio, Department of Biological and Medical Sciences, University Hospital Rheumatology Clinic, Piazzale Santa Maria della Misericordia 15, Udine 33100, Italy; quartuccio.luca{at}aoud.sanita.fvg.it

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We read with great interest the article by Rasmussen et al,1 which compared the performance of the new ACR2 and the AECG3 classification criteria for Sjögren syndrome (SS) showing that they led to similar results when applied to a well characterised cohort of patients with sicca symptoms. More specifically, no clear evidence for an increased value of the new ACR criteria2 over the old AECG criteria3 from the clinical or biological perspective was suggested by the authors. In addition, when compared to the ACR criteria, the AECG criteria gave more space to patients’ subjective symptoms which …

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