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Over one-third of psoriasis patients have PsA

About two-thirds of patients with psoriasis in a national registry also had psoriatic arthritis (PsA) and/or psoriasis in at least one challenging-to-treat (CTT) area, and one-quarter had both, according to Kristina Callis Duffin, MD, of the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, and her associates.

Their analysis included 2,042 psoriasis patients who were enrolled in the Corrona Psoriasis Registry between April 2015 and May 2018 and initiated biologic treatment during that time. The mean age was 49.6 years, 80% of the patients were white, and 51% were obese. Mean disease duration was 19.9 years and 89.2% of the patients had moderate to severe disease. CTT areas include the scalp, nails, and palmoplantar areas.

A total of 784 people in the cohort (38.4%) had PsA, 778 (38.1%) had scalp psoriasis, 326 (16.0%) had nail psoriasis, 223 (10.9%) had palmoplantar psoriasis, and 535 (26.2%) had both PsA and psoriasis in at least two CTT areas. The most common combinations were PsA plus scalp psoriasis and PsA plus nail and scalp psoriasis.

“These results indicate a need to further characterize patients with psoriasis who have PsA and CTT areas and evaluate the impact of these factors to better understand their treatment needs,” the investigators noted.

The Corrona registry has been supported by numerous pharmaceutical companies, and the study authors reported numerous financial relationships with industry; two authors are Novartis employees.


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