Relationship between structural damage with loss of strength and functional disability in psoriatic arthritis patients

In patients with PsA involving the hands, structural alterations of the dominant hand assessed by conventional x-ray and ultrasound are associated with loss of strength measured objectively with dynamometry and greater disability also studied subjectively using the HAQ.
Source: Clinical Biomechanics - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research

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The objective of this study was to develop a model to predict the clinical response at 6 months in patients with PsA starting the anti-tumour necrosis factor-α golimumab. METHODS: This prospective observational study explored a range of factors, including demographic data and baseline characteristics of the disease, measures of disease activity and functional disability, and potential laboratory biomarkers in the prediction of response, defined as the achievement of modified-minimal disease activity (mMDA), to golimumab in PsA patients. RESULTS: We studied 151 PsA patients starting golimumab because of their ...
Source: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Tags: Clin Exp Rheumatol Source Type: research
AbstractIntroductionThe Work Productivity and Activity Impairment Specific Health Problem Questionnaire (WPAI:SHP) is used to assess the impact of an intervention on work productivity in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Unfortunately, studies reporting changes or improvements in domains of WPAI:SHP by patients with PsA have a limited threshold of meaning due to the absence of published minimal clinically important differences (MCIDs). Our objective was to determine the MCIDs for improvement in WPAI:SHP in patients with active PsA.MethodsMCIDs for WPAI:SHP domains (presenteeism, work productivity loss, and activity ...
Source: Rheumatology and Therapy - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
Authors: Krakowski P, Gerkowicz A, Pietrzak A, Krasowska D, Jurkiewicz A, Gorzelak M, Schwartz RA Abstract Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a seronegative arthropathy with many clinical manifestations, and it may affect nearly a half of patients with psoriasis. PsA should be diagnosed as early as possible to slow down joint damage and progression of disability. To improve the diagnosis of PsA, physicians should look for peripheral inflammatory pain, axial inflammatory pain, dactylitis, and buttock and sciatic pain. In most patients with PsA, pharmacologic treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, disease-mo...
Source: Archives of Medical Science - Category: General Medicine Tags: Arch Med Sci Source Type: research
Is Psoriatic Arthritis Considered a Disability?
Source: eMedicineHealth.com - Category: General Medicine Source Type: news
Authors: Gottlieb A, Merola JF Abstract Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) affects up to one-third of patients with psoriasis and is the major comorbidity of psoriasis because of the likelihood that loss of function and permanent disability will develop if initiation of treatment is delayed. Dermatologists are uniquely positioned to recognize early signs of PsA and be the first-line healthcare practitioners to detect PsA in patients with psoriasis. PsA can affect 6 clinical domains: peripheral arthritis, dactylitis, enthesitis, psoriasis, psoriatic nail disease, and axial disease. However, not every patient will have involv...
Source: Journal of Dermatological Treatment - Category: Dermatology Tags: J Dermatolog Treat Source Type: research
AbstractThe aim of the study is to analyze the characteristics of patients with rheumatic diseases applying for a Disability Certificate (DC). Every application for DC filed by patients of 16 years of age and older in the Health Secretariat of Junin, between 2012 and 2016, was analyzed regarding age, gender, rheumatic disease as the cause of disability, employment status, and health insurance coverage. Applications were examined as per two elements: inflammatory articular or systemic disease (IASD) versus degenerative diseases, regional or generalized pain syndromes (non-IASD). Based on the DCs accepted, a Disability Preva...
Source: Rheumatology International - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
AbstractTofacitinib (Xeljanz®) is the first Janus kinase (JAK) inhibitor approved at a dosage of 5  mg twice daily (BID) in the EU and the USA for the treatment of active psoriatic arthritis (PsA), where it is indicated in combination with methotrexate for patients who have had an inadequate response or who have been intolerant to a prior therapy with a disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMAR D). Two well-designed phase III trials (OPAL Broaden and OPAL Beyond) in patients with PsA with or without prior tumour necrosis factor inhibitor (TNFi) therapy showed that tofacitinib 5 mg BID (co-administered w...
Source: Drugs - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: The pooled analysis demonstrates that anti-TNF-α agents have the same efficacy as novel agents (ustekinumab, secukinumab, and ixekizumab) in dactylitis and enthesitis. PMID: 30824641 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Rheumatology - Category: Rheumatology Tags: J Rheumatol Source Type: research
AbstractPsoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a multifaceted disease, with a high impact on patients ’ psychological and physical well-being. There is increasing recognition that assessment of both clinical aspects of disease and patient identified concerns, such as fatigue, work disability, and treatment satisfaction need to be addressed. Only then can we fully understand disease burden and make well-informed treatment decisions aimed at improving patients’ lives. In recent years, there has been much progress in the development of unidimensional and composite measures of disease activity, as well as questionnaires capt...
Source: Rheumatology and Therapy - Category: Rheumatology Source Type: research
ConclusionsDisease activity and functional status in PsA patients were significant factors related to HU and PASS. To improve quality of life, the goal of treatment should be achieving remission, improving function, and controlling pain.
Source: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research
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