Browsing Tag: Psoriasis

Psoriasis Associated with Many Diseases


Think psoriasis is just a rash?   Think again.

Psoriasis Disease Associations Keeps Growing

Bruce Jancin writing in Rheumatology News reported on new data presented at the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology.

Published studies have linked psoriasis with significant increases in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, multiple sclerosis, migraines, uveitis, pancreatitis, and abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Comment: A more serious condition than we thought.

Fibromyalgia Worsens Psoriatic Arthritis


Fibromyalgia… it’s more than just minor aches and pains

Fibromyalgia Worsens Psoriatic Arthritis Outcomes

Caitlyn Fitzpatrick writing in MD reported on a recent study. Published in The Journal of Rheumatology, the researchers looked at 73 patients with psoriatic arthritis. Forty-two participants (57.5%) were females and the average age was nearly 52. Clinical disease activity was measured using multiple different scales.   Also, using the American College of Rheumatism criteria, fibromyalgia was diagnosed in 13 patients (17.8%) – 12 of which were female.

Twenty-six patients (43.3%) with just psoriatic arthritis met the criteria for minimal disease activity, however, none of the participants who had fibromyalgia did.

The big takeaway here is that the presence of fibromyalgia worsened all psoriatic arthritis disease activity scores.

Comment: Not surprising.  The association of fibromyalgia with all forms of inflammatory arthritis is not a good combination.

Psoriasis Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Risk


A deadly complication related to psoriasis… next

Does Psoriasis Increase Risk of Abdominal Aneurysm?

Jack Cush writing in Rheum Now reported Danish researchers studied a cohort of 59,423 mild psoriasis and 11,566 severe psoriasis patients over a 14 year period. They found 240 and 50 cases of abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA), respectively.

When compared to the general population, the adjusted incidence rate ratios for AAA were increased in mild psoriasis and in severe psoriasis.

Comment: Disturbing and a caution for patients with psoriasis.

Psoriatic Arthritis Common In Psoriasis Patients

How common is psoriatic arthritis in patients with psoriasis… a lot more common than you might think.

Psoriasis cohort reveals high arthritis risk

Jennie Smith writing in Rheumatology News reported on a study from the University of Toronto.  The investigators recruited 464 patients with psoriasis from a dermatology clinic population.  The incidence of psoriatic arthritis was almost 3 times what was predicted.  Risk factors included disease severity, nail pitting, low education, and uveitis.

Comment: Wow.  Much higher than I would have thought.

Bariatric Surgery Eases Psoriatic Arthritis

A surgical procedure that might help with psoriatic arthritis… next

Bariatric surgery eases psoriatic arthritis

Patrice Wendling writing for Rheumatology News reported that bariatric surgery in obese patients may ease the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis. The study, performed at New York University, involved 86 bariatric surgery patients with psoriasis alone or with psoriatic arthritis.

Comment: Interesting and certainly provocative.

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