Psoriatic Arthropathy

  • Nages Nagaratnam
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
  • Gary Cheuk
Reference work entry


Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) presents as a diverse group of arthritis ranging from peripheral monoarticular and polyarticular disease to axial skeletal involvement. PsA in the elderly shows some differences from the young-onset disease. They have a higher involvement of active joints, foot erosions and elevation of CRP and synovial IL-1 beta and IL-beta, and the progression rate is higher than in the younger group. About 40% of patients with PsA show the presence of spondylitis. PsA also confers a significant increase in mortality risk, and the major causes of death among patients with psoriasis include myocardial infarction, respiratory causes and cancer. PsA patients have reduced quality of life and functional capacity compared to psoriasis patients.


Psoriatic arthritis Psoriasis Quality of life Remitting seronegative symmetrical synovitis with pitting oedema (RS3PE) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nages Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Kujan Nagaratnam
    • 1
  • Gary Cheuk
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of SydneyWestmead Clinical SchoolWestmeadAustralia
  2. 2.Rehabilitation and Aged Care ServiceBlacktown-Mt Druitt HospitalMount DruittAustralia

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