Psoriatic Arthritis: A Review

*Farrouq Mahmood,1 Philip Helliwell2

1. Rheumatology Specialist Registrar, Dewsbury District Hospital, North Kirklees, UK
2. Consultant and Senior Lecturer in Rheumatology, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK
*Correspondence to farrouqmahmood@doctors.org.uk

Disclosure: The authors have declared no conflicts of interest.
Received: 08.03.16 Accepted: 16.06.16
Citation: EMJ Rheumatol. 2016;3[1]:114-117.

Abstract

Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis which affects the skin and musculoskeletal system. If not diagnosed early and treated effectively it can result in joint deformity and disability. Treatments such as oral disease modifying anti-rheumatic drugs and biologic therapy are effective but have side effects which could limit their use in certain individuals. Further research aimed at identifying cases earlier in order to improve outcomes is currently being conducted.

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