Psoriatic arthritis undertreated

Psoriatic arthritis undertreated


A very common type of arthritis is way undertreated… coming up next Psoriatic arthritis undertreated Jennifer Davis writing in Arthritis Today
reported on a study published in JAMA Dermatology. About half of all patients with psoriasis
and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) are dissatisfied with the treatment they are getting, according
to the new study. Moreover, the study found a large percentage of study participants are
either undertreated or not getting any treatment at all. “I think the numbers are significant
especially for the psoriatic arthritis population,” says lead author April W. Armstrong, MD, assistant
clinical professor of dermatology and director of the Clinical Research Unit at the University
of California — Davis in Sacramento. “For people suffering from psoriatic arthritis,
if they are unsatisfied with their treatments it’s often because they have noticeable symptoms.
And that is something that is concerning because the symptoms they have often correlate with
X-ray findings for joint destruction. And once joint destruction occurs that is irreversible.”
Overall, 45.5 percent of PsA patients and 52.3 percent of psoriasis patients reported
they weren’t satisfied with their treatment. Comment: Very disturbing and something that
needs attention.

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