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Psoriatic arthritis: update on pathophysiology, assessment and management.
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PMID:  21339225     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is classified as a spondyloarthropathy and characterised by synovitis, enthesitis, dactylitis and spondylitis usually manifesting as skin and nail psoriasis. Our understanding about the PsA disease state, its genetics, pathophysiology and comorbidities, as well as the ability to assess and treat the disease, has advanced as a result of significant collaborative efforts by rheumatologists and dermatologists in the development of classification criteria, outcome measures to assess the various clinical domains, and treatment trials with agents also used for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriasis. Biological agents, especially the antitumour necrosis factors, have demonstrated significant efficacy and reasonable safety in all clinical domains of the disease, resulting in amelioration of clinical symptoms, inhibition of structural damage and improvement of function and quality of life. Although there is considerable overlap with RA, there are some differences in pathophysiology and approach to assessment and management that are important to consider. This paper reviews these subjects, with an emphasis on recent data.
Philip J Mease
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Annals of the rheumatic diseases     Volume:  70 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1468-2060     ISO Abbreviation:  Ann. Rheum. Dis.     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372355     Medline TA:  Ann Rheum Dis     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  i77-i84     Citation Subset:  IM    
Correspondence to Dr Philip J Mease, Seattle Rheumatology Associates, 1101 Madison St Ste 1000, Seattle, WA 98104, USA;
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