2022 American College of Rheumatology/EULAR Classification Criteria for Takayasu Arteritis

for the DCVAS Study Group

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Objective: To develop and validate new classification criteria for Takayasu arteritis (TAK). Methods: Patients with vasculitis or comparator diseases were recruited into an international cohort. The study proceeded in 6 phases: 1) identification of candidate criteria items, 2) collection of candidate items present at diagnosis, 3) expert panel review of cases, 4) data-driven reduction of candidate items, 5) derivation of a points-based classification score in a development data set, and 6) validation in an independent data set. Results: The development data set consisted of 316 cases of TAK and 323 comparators. The validation data set consisted of an additional 146 cases of TAK and 127 comparators. Age ≤60 years at diagnosis and imaging evidence of large-vessel vasculitis were absolute requirements to classify a patient as having TAK. The final criteria items and weights were as follows: female sex (+1), angina (+2), limb claudication (+2), arterial bruit (+2), reduced upper extremity pulse (+2), reduced pulse or tenderness of a carotid artery (+2), blood pressure difference between arms of ≥20 mm Hg (+1), number of affected arterial territories (+1 to +3), paired artery involvement (+1), and abdominal aorta plus renal or mesenteric involvement (+3). A patient could be classified as having TAK with a cumulative score of ≥5 points. When these criteria were tested in the validation data set, the model area under the curve was 0.97 (95% confidence interval [95% CI] 0.94–0.99) with a sensitivity of 93.8% (95% CI 88.6–97.1%) and specificity of 99.2% (95% CI 96.7–100.0%). Conclusion: The 2022 American College of Rheumatology/EULAR classification criteria for TAK are now validated for use in research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1872-1880
Number of pages9
JournalArthritis and Rheumatology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Dec

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology


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