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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 79  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 18--24

Diagnosis and management of psoriatic arthritis

1 Department of Rheumatology, P. D. Hinduja National Hospital, Mahim, Mumbai, India
2 Department of Dermatology, P. D. Hinduja National Hospital, Mahim, Mumbai, India

Correspondence Address:
Canchi Balakrishnan
Department of Rheumatology, P. D. Hinduja National Hospital, Veer Savarkar Marg, Mahim, Mumbai - 400 016
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DOI: 10.4103/0378-6323.115507

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Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a multi-faceted disease marked by varying combinations of peripheral arthritis, dactylitis, spondylitis, and enthesitis. Rarely, recurrent uveitis occurs. Skin involvement may or may not exist. However, patients with nail psoriasis have a higher probability of developing PsA. Untreated patients have significant morbidity and mortality. Timely diagnosis and aggressive treatment of the disease can lead to lower morbidity. Drug therapy of PsA includes symptomatic therapy and therapy with disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. Biologics are the only agents that address all the pathological changes, of this chronic condition.


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