Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic form of arthritis that affects joints, and may also involve plaque psoriasis.
PsA can be painful and could affect any joint in the body, especially larger ones in the lower extremities, and joints of fingers and toes. But it can also cause swelling in areas where tendons and ligaments attach to bones, known as enthesitis, or swelling of an entire finger or toe, known as dactylitis.
Psoriatic arthritis is different from rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Because PsA often goes undiscovered, a rheumatologist is the most appropriate physician to diagnose PsA. A rheumatologist is a specialist who treats conditions of the joints.
DID YOU KNOW?
IN ABOUT 85% OF PEOPLE, PSORIASIS OCCURS PRIOR TO JOINT DISEASE.
PsA TYPICALLY AFFECTS PEOPLE BETWEEN THE AGES OF 30 AND 50, AND SOME PEOPLE WHO HAVE ALREADY BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH PLAQUE PSORIASIS MAY DEVELOP PsA.
*Occurs in patients who also have plaque psoriasis.
Psoriatic arthritis may be misdiagnosed as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or gout.
Usually, patients with early signs of psoriatic arthritis may have had psoriasis for several years when they begin to feel discomfort in the joints. A rheumatologist may run tests to see if you could have psoriatic arthritis. RA generally involves joints that are symmetrical on both sides of the body; however, some forms of PsA look very similar. One way to potentially differentiate PsA from RA is having psoriasis on the skin or nail changes.
To diagnose psoriatic arthritis, rheumatologists can use a series of examinations (looking for swelling, joint pain, and signs of psoriasis) and medical tests (including X-rays and blood tests).
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COSENTYX® (secukinumab) is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis that involves large areas or many areas of the body, and who may benefit from taking injections or pills (systemic therapy) or phototherapy (treatment using ultraviolet or UV light, alone or with systemic therapy).