(Arthritis, Psoriatic; PsA)
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- Psoriasis for 5-12 years
- Psoriasis with symptoms such as lesions on the scalp and pitted or dented nails
- A specific gene characteristic that has been linked to psoriatic arthritis
- A family member with psoriatic arthritis
- Joint pain and tenderness in one or more joints (can be any joint including knees, feet, hands, wrists, and elbows)
- Joint swelling
- Joint stiffness, especially in the morning
- Red or warm joints
- Changes in fingernails and toenails (pitting in the nails, crumbling nails, or nails separating from the nail bed)
- Swelling of fingers
- Back pain
- Blood tests to look for autoimmune disease
- Analysis of the fluid in the joints
- Tests to check how the immune system is functioning
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to decrease pain and inflammation
- Steroid injections into painful joints
- Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDS) to treat more severe symptoms and slow the progression of the disease
- Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) inhibitors to treat more severe symptoms
- Joint replacement surgery
- Tendon surgery
Arthritis Foundation http://www.arthritis.org
National Psoriasis Foundation http://www.psoriasis.org
The Arthritis Society http://www.arthritis.ca
Canadian Rheumatology Association http://www.rheum.ca
Psoriatic arthritis. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated June 6, 2013. Accessed June 18, 2013.
Psoriatic arthritis. National Psoriasis Foundation website. Available at: Available at: http://www.psoriasis.org/psoriatic-arthritis. Accessed June 18, 2013.
What is psoriatic arthritis? Arthritis Foundation website. Available at: http://www.arthritis.org/conditions-treatments/disease-center/psoriatic-arthritis. Accessed June 1, 2013.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 11/2013 -
- Update Date: 06/18/2013 -
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