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Psoriatic Arthritis

  • Eleftherios Pelechas
  • Evripidis Kaltsonoudis
  • Paraskevi V. Voulgari
  • Alexandros A. Drosos
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Abstract

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic, progressive, seronegative inflammatory arthropathy that often results in permanent joint damage and disability. Skin psoriasis, dactylitis and enthesitis are the hallmarks of the disease. Psoriasis comes from the Greek word “psora” which means “to itch”. The father of medicine, Hippocrates, used tar and arsenic to treat skin psoriasis. It was Galen that identified this particular skin disease and used later the word psoriasis.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eleftherios Pelechas
    • 1
  • Evripidis Kaltsonoudis
    • 1
  • Paraskevi V. Voulgari
    • 1
  • Alexandros A. Drosos
    • 1
  1. 1.Rheumatology Clinic - Department of Internal MedicineUniversity of IoanninaIoanninaGreece

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