Diagnoses & Conditions

Psoriatic Arthritis

Understanding Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis can be mild for some patients, with occasional flare ups. With others, it is a chronic arthritis and can cause damage to joints. Psoriatic arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis that occurs in some patients with psoriasis.

Symptoms of Psoriatic Arthritis

Symptoms of psoriatic arthritis include painful, swollen joints, lower back pain, swelling at the fingertip join, stiffness, sausage-like fingers or toes, skin rashes, nail changes, fatigue, tendon or ligament pain, reduced range of motion, eye problems and flares.

Diagnosing Psoriatic Arthritis

Diagnosing psoriatic arthritis includes an examination for swollen and painful joints, patterns of arthritis and skin and nail changes typical of psoriasis. X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan, ultrasound or computerized tomography (CT) scans may also be used to view the joints in more detail. Blood tests may be done to check for high levels of inflammation and mild anemia.

Treating Psoriatic Arthritis

FDA-approved drugs commonly prescribed to reduce signs and symptoms of active arthritis, help stop further joint damage and improve physical function in patients with psoriatic arthritis include infliximab (e.g., Inflectra®, Remicade®) and golimumab (Simponi Aria®), administered into the blood stream intravenously. Also FDA-approved, golimumab (Simponi®) is administered under the skin subcutaneously.

This content is not intended to substitute professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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