Are you evaluating a newly presenting patient with at least 1 joint showing definite synovitis?

Is there another diagnosis (gout, SLE, psoriasis, etc) that can explain the findings better?

Duration of joint-related signs and symptoms


Number of large joints involved (shoulders, elbows,hips, knees, ankles)

Number of small joints involved

Number of other joints involved

Is the C-reactive protein concentration elevated?

Is the ESR elevated?

Select an appropriate answer for each test

Rheumatoid factors

Anti-citrullinated protein antibody


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