Classification Criteria

  • Chiara Baldini
  • Rosaria Talarico
  • Stefano Bombardieri


Over the past 25 years, several classification criteria sets have been proposed for primary Sjögren’s syndrome (pSS). In this chapter, we describe the different features of these criteria and summarize the debate that has arisen in the scientific community over this period. We devote particular attention to a critical analysis of the American and European consensus group criteria (AECG), which have achieved important consensus in the literature. Proposals for the future are also outlined.


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We thank Miss Wendy Doherty and Miss Luisa Marconcini for their valuable contribution in reviewing the text.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chiara Baldini
    • 1
  • Rosaria Talarico
    • 1
  • Stefano Bombardieri
    • 1
  1. 1.Rheumatology Unit, Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of PisaPisaItaly

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