Don’t miss early joint involvement in psoriasis

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This story appears courtesy of MDedge News

EXPERT ANALYSIS FROM SDEF HAWAII DERMATOLOGY SEMINAR

WAIKOLOA, HAWAII – Check for joint tenderness and swelling routinely in your psoriasis patients, to detect psoriatic joint disease at an early stage, advised Alan Menter, MD.

About a third of patients with psoriasis will go on to develop joint involvement, and about half of those will go on to develop permanent joint destruction “if left untreated,” he noted. But early joint involvement has to be caught first, and dermatologists aren’t doing a very good job at early detection, according to Dr. Menter, clinical professor of dermatology at the University of Texas, Dallas.

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The consequences, including arthritis mutilans, can be devastating. “It’s vitally important for us to prevent any permanent joint disease by” picking it up early, he said. “Our job as dermatologists is to diagnose it early.”

It’s not hard to do, just a few extra questions and a few extra steps on the physical exam, which takes a minute or two during each visit with psoriasis patients, are needed, he said.

Dr. Menter reviewed questions to ask patients, and explained how to examine patients for joint involvement and alter treatment when it’s found, in an interview at the Hawaii Dermatology Seminar provided by Global Academy for Medical Education/Skin Disease Education Foundation.

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