Spondylitis is the most common pattern of psoriatic arthritis in Korea
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- Baek, H., Yoo, C., Shin, K. et al. Rheumatology International (2000) 19: 89. doi:10.1007/s002960050109
We assessed the prevalence and clinical features of psoriatic arthritis (PsA) in Korean patients with psoriasis. The prevalence of PsA in patients with psoriasis was 9%. Patients with PsA were older and had a longer duration of skin disease than those with psoriasis alone (median age, 40 vs 35 years, P = 0.03, and 15.3 vs 11.7 years, P = 0.04, respectively). Spondylitis was the most common pattern of PsA (50%). Nail change, dactylitis, and enthesopathy were observed in 36%, 15.4%, and 15.6% of patients with PsA, respectively. Increased erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), antinuclear antibody, and radiological sacroiliitis were more frequent in patients with PsA than in those with uncomplicated psoriasis (25.8% vs 10.3%, P = 0.04; 37.9% vs 16.7%, P = 0.02; and 37.8% vs 1.1%, P < 0.01, respectively). The onset ages of psoriasis and arthritis in the spondylitis group were significantly lower than those in the non-spondylitis group (median age, 21.5 vs 31 years, P = 0.03, and 28.5 vs 43.5 years, P = 0.01, respectively). HLA-B27 was prevalent in 8% of patients with PsA.