Psoriatic arthritis

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Psoriatic arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is joint inflammation and stiffness (arthritis) that affects people who have a condition that causes red, itchy, and scaly skin patches (psoriasis). Signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis are similar to other forms of arthritis and include stiff and painful joints. In addition, psoriatic arthritis can also cause finger and toe swelling, foot pain and lower back pain. Typically, psoriasis appears before joint problems. Psoriasis symptoms typically occur between the ages of 15 and 35 years and arthritis symptoms usually occur between the ages of 30 and 50. However, both conditions can occur at any age.

Psoriatic arthritis occurs when the body’s immune system attacks healthy cells and tissues. This abnormal immune response, which causes inflammation in your joints, may be due to a combination of genetic and environmental reasons. Risk factors for psoriatic arthritis include having psoriasis, being between the ages of 30 and 50, and having a family history of psoriatic arthritis. There are five types of psoriatic arthritis: distal interphalangeal (DIP), asymmetric oligoarticular, symmetric polyarthritis, spondylitis, and arthritis mutilans. The distal interphalangeal type predominantly affects the ends of fingers and toes. The symmetric polyarthritis form affects matching joints on opposite sides of the body (e.g. Right and left wrist), while the asymmetric oligoarticular type involves nonmatching joints of each side of the body. Spondylitis is inflammation in the joints between the vertebrae in the spine. Arthritis mutilans, which is the most severe and least common type of psoriatic arthritis, causes damage and loss of function of affected joints.

Your doctor may use a physical exam along with imaging and lab tests to diagnosis psoriatic arthritis. There is no cure, but treatment can help manage pain. Talk with a doctor if you have been diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis to discuss the most current treatment options.

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Psoriatic arthritis" for support, advocacy or research.

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Ben's Friends

Our mission is to ensure that everyone in the world with a rare disease has a safe place to go and connect with others like them.

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2016

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International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis

We are committed to eliminating the adversity caused by autoimmune arthritis by uniting resources that will raise global awareness, providing wellness education and support, and conducting patient-centered research that will improve the quality of life for those affected by these diseases.

Last Updated: 18 Sep 2014

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National Psoriasis Foundation

Our mission is to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to eliminate their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education.

Last Updated: 26 Jul 2015

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Advocacy and Support Organizations

 

Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Psoriatic arthritis" for support, advocacy or research.

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Ben's Friends

Our mission is to ensure that everyone in the world with a rare disease has a safe place to go and connect with others like them.

http://www.bensfriends.org

Last Updated: 11 Jul 2016

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International Foundation for Autoimmune Arthritis

We are committed to eliminating the adversity caused by autoimmune arthritis by uniting resources that will raise global awareness, providing wellness education and support, and conducting patient-centered research that will improve the quality of life for those affected by these diseases.

http://www.ifautoimmunearthritis.org

Last Updated: 18 Sep 2014

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National Psoriasis Foundation

Our mission is to find a cure for psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis and to eliminate their devastating effects through research, advocacy and education.

http://www.psoriasis.org/

Last Updated: 26 Jul 2015

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Psoriatic arthritis" returned 578 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Genome-wide association and targeted analysis of copy number variants with psoriatic arthritis in German patients.
 

Author(s): Steffen Uebe, Maria Ehrlicher, Arif Bülent Ekici, Frank Behrens, Beate Böhm, Georg Homuth, Claudia Schurmann, Uwe Völker, Michael Jünger, Matthias Nauck, Henry Völzke, Heiko Traupe, Michael Krawczak, Harald Burkhardt, André Reis, Ulrike Hüffmeier

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Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammatory disease of the joints. PsA is etiologically complex, and 11 susceptibility loci have been identified so far. Most of these overlap with loci associated with psoriasis vulgaris (PsV), the most common psoriatic skin manifestation which ...

Last Updated: 24 Aug 2017

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Characteristics of Turkish patients with elderly onset psoriatic arthritis: A retrospective cohort study.
 

Author(s): Senol Kobak, Fidan Yildiz, Ahmet Karaarslan, Huseyin Semiz, Mehmet Orman

Journal: Medicine (Baltimore). 2017 Aug;96(33):e7833.

 

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflamatory disease characterized with axial and peripheral joints involvement. It rarely affects patients older than 65 years old.The purpose of this study is to compare and evaluate the demographic, clinical and laboratory features of elderly-onset ...

Last Updated: 17 Aug 2017

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[Osteopecilia associated with psoriatic arthritis].
 

Author(s): Zeineb Alaya, Walid Osman, Laassad Hassini, Houneida Zaghouani, Nader Naouar, Elyès Bouajina

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Osteopecilia is a benign and rare condensing osteopathy. Its association with inflammatory rheumatism is very rare. We here report the case of a 25-year old patient with skin psoriasis, presenting with groin pain of inflammatory origin. Physical examination showed limitation of hip ...

Last Updated: 10 Jul 2017

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The terms "Psoriatic arthritis" returned 125 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Risk of infections using anti-TNF agents in rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): Silvia Minozzi, Stefanos Bonovas, Theodore Lytras, Valentina Pecoraro, Marien González-Lorenzo, Anan Judina Bastiampillai, Eugenia Maria Gabrielli, Andrea Carlo Lonati, Lorenzo Moja, Michela Cinquini, Valentina Marino, Andrea Matucci, Giuseppe Maria Milano, Giuliano Tocci, Raffaele Scarpa, Delia Goletti, Fabrizio Cantini

Journal: Expert Opin Drug Saf. 2016 Dec;15(sup1):11-34.

 

Five anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) agents have received regulatory approval for use in rheumatology: adalimumab, golimumab, infliximab, certolizumab, and etanercept. Apart from their well-documented therapeutic value, it is still uncertain to what extent they are associated ...

Last Updated: 7 Dec 2016

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An overview of psoriatic arthritis - epidemiology, clinical features, pathophysiology and novel treatment targets.
 

Author(s): Andreas Kerschbaumer, Karl H Fenzl, Ludwig Erlacher, Daniel Aletaha

Journal: Wien. Klin. Wochenschr.. 2016 Nov;128(21-22):791-795.

 

Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic inflammatory joint disease occurring in a subgroup of patients suffering from psoriasis. This article gives an overview of the complexity of psoriatic arthritis, looking at several aspects of this heterogeneous disease, such as epidemiology, important ...

Last Updated: 8 Nov 2016

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International patient and physician consensus on a psoriatic arthritis core outcome set for clinical trials.
 

Author(s): Ana-Maria Orbai, Maarten de Wit, Philip Mease, Judy A Shea, Laure Gossec, Ying Ying Leung, William Tillett, Musaab Elmamoun, Kristina Callis Duffin, Willemina Campbell, Robin Christensen, Laura Coates, Emma Dures, Lihi Eder, Oliver FitzGerald, Dafna Gladman, Niti Goel, Suzanne Dolwick Grieb, Sarah Hewlett, Pil Hoejgaard, Umut Kalyoncu, Chris Lindsay, Neil McHugh, Bev Shea, Ingrid Steinkoenig, Vibeke Strand, Alexis Ogdie

Journal: Ann. Rheum. Dis.. 2017 04;76(4):673-680.

 

To identify a core set of domains (outcomes) to be measured in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) clinical trials that represent both patients' and physicians' priorities.

Last Updated: 10 Sep 2016

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Clinical Trial Information This information is provided by ClinicalTrials.gov

Last Updated: 17 Jul 2017

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