Psoriatic Arthritis

Overview


Over the past 30 years, there has been increasing recognition of psoriatic arthritis as a distinct clinical entity. Psoriatic arthritis occurs mostly in patients with psoriasis and may affect up to 1% of the general population. It has many similarities to other forms of spondyloarthritis, and must be differentiated from related conditions. Given that most patients with psoriatic arthritis have skin and musculoskeletal diseases that significantly affect their quality of life and function, patients are ideally ...
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Psoriatic Arthritis

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Overview


Over the past 30 years, there has been increasing recognition of psoriatic arthritis as a distinct clinical entity. Psoriatic arthritis occurs mostly in patients with psoriasis and may affect up to 1% of the general population. It has many similarities to other forms of spondyloarthritis, and must be differentiated from related conditions. Given that most patients with psoriatic arthritis have skin and musculoskeletal diseases that significantly affect their quality of life and function, patients are ideally managed in a multidisciplinary clinic with rheumatologists, dermatologists and a nurse specialist, physical therapist and occupational therapist.
Psoriatic Arthritis covers the epidemiology and diagnostic and classification criteria, describing the clinical features of the disease, including skin and nail involvement, articular, and other extra-articular manifestations. Laboratory features and imaging characteristics are covered in detail, along with co-morbidities and their impact. A comprehensive review of skin disease therapy is also provided, along with the various treatment options for joint disease, including traditional disease modifying therapy and newer biologic agents . This comprehensive yet concise and practical volume is the perfect guide to psoriatic arthritis for the busy practitioner, and will be of interest to trainees and specialists in rheumatology and dermatology.
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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Vladimir N Despotovic, MD (Washington University Medical Center)
Description: This well written and thoughtfully detailed book about psoriatic arthritis appeals to a broad audience.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate the general public, primarily patients with psoriatic arthritis and their caregivers, about the disease. For motivated readers, the book performs beautifully at fulfilling these goals.
Audience: The authors wrote this book primarily for patients and their caregivers, but the detailed information makes it appropriate for healthcare professionals in contact with patients with the disease. The book does not presume any prior medical training or knowledge of terminology.
Features: It takes a very systematic approach to introducing different aspects of the disease and building on the fundamentals introduced at the beginning. It is a detailed, yet clearly written look at the epidemiology, etiology, classification, diagnosis, pharmacologic, and nonpharmacologic therapy. The authors also write about their own clinical experience and the future directions in the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Particularly useful to readers with no formal medical knowledge is the glossary of medical terms used in the book and the myth and fact highlights of common misconceptions. Patients will appreciate the list of professional and patient advocacy societies throughout the world.
Assessment: This is a well thought out, easy to read and understand book about psoriatic arthritis. It introduces basic concepts about the disease and expands upon them. Although written for the general public, the book includes a level of detail that will make it helpful for health professionals in contact with psoriatic arthritis patients.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199692095
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 6/17/2014
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,380,943

Meet the Author

Dafna Gladman, Psoriatic Arthritis Program, Toronto Western Hospital, Canada,Cheryl F. Rosen, Psoriatic Arthritis Program, Toronto Western Hospital, Canada,Vinod Chandran, Psoriatic Arthritis Program, Toronto Western Hospital, Canada

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Table of Contents

1. Epidemiology
2. Diagnostic and classification criteria
3. Aetiology and pathogenesis
4. Clinical features of musculoskeletal disease
5. Clinical features of nail and skin disease
6. Imaging
7. Making a diagnosis
8. Assessment of disease activity and damage
9. Therapeutics
10. Surgery
11. Co-morbidities
12. Team approach
13. Prognosis
14. The future

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