Table 3.

The 2012 Provisional PMR Classification Criteria (A Collaborative Initiative of the European League Against Rheumatism and the American College of Rheumatology).

PMR Classification criteria Points
Clinical Criteria
 Morning stiffness duration >45 min 2
 Hip pain or limited range of motion 1
 Absence of rheumatoid factor or anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies 2
 Absence of other joint pain 1
Ultrasound Criteria
 At least one shoulder with subdeltoid bursitis and/or biceps tenosynovitis and/or glenohumeral synovitis (either posterior or axillary), and at least one hip with synovitis and/or trochanteric bursitis 1
 Both shoulders with subdeltoid bursitis, biceps tenosynovitis, or glenohumeral synovitis 1

Required criteria for all cases: (1) age 50 or older; (2) bilateral shoulder pain; (3) elevated ESR and/or CRP.

With only clinical criteria, a score of >4 is required. With combined clinical and ultrasound criteria, a score of >5 is required. The required score has 68% sensitivity and 78% specificity for discriminating PMR from comparison patients. The positive predictive value is 69%, and the negative predictive value 77%.

RMMJ Rambam Maimonides Medical Journal Rambam Health Care Campus 2016 October; 7(4): e0035.
Special Issue on Rheumatology Guest Editor: Alexandra Balbir-Gurman, M.D.
ISSN: 2076-9172
Published online 2016 October 31. doi: 10.5041/RMMJ.10262