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Psoriatic Arthritis
 
 
DEFINITION
Psoriatic arthritis is a condition that causes pain and swelling in the joints. It occurs in people with psoriasis, a chronic (long-lasting) skin disease characterized by a dry, scaly, itchy skin rash that most commonly occurs on the elbows, knees, and scalp. Psoriatic arthritis may also cause changes in fingernails and toenails including small, pinpoint depressions in the surfaces of the nails, called pitting. About 10 to 30 percent of people with psoriasis develop psoriatic arthritis…
 
 
CAUSES
It is believed that genetics (hereditary factors), the body’s immune system working incorrectly, inflammation in the joints and the environment all play a role in the disease. With inflammatory types of arthritis such as psoriatic arthritis, the immune system mistakenly attacks the lining of the joints causing pain and inflammation.
 
 
SYMPTOMS
The course of psoriatic arthritis varies, below are some common symptoms:
• Pain and swelling in one or more joints, usually the wrists, knees, ankles, and/or joints at the ends of the fingers or toes
• Swelling of fingers and/or toes that gives them a so-called “sausage-like” appearance
• Low back or buttocks pain
• Silver or gray dry, scaly spots with flaking skin on the scalp, elbows, knees, and/or the lower end of the backbone
• Pitting – small depressions in the fingernails and/or toenails, and/or detachment of nails.
 
 
HOW WE CAN HELP
At Accurate Clinical Research we are enrolling Psoriatic Arthritis patients into various clinical programs in search for a new treatment. If you are looking for other options or want to help future generations, today is the perfect day to volunteer. Enroll today for tomorrow’s future.
 
 
FURTHER RESOURCES
www.psoriasis.org          • www.arthritis.org
 
 
 
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