Psoriatic arthritis patients face more endocrine comorbidities


AT 2016 GRAPPA ANNUAL MEETING


VITALS

Key clinical point:Patients with psoriatic disease had a significantly higher prevalence of diabetes mellitus and some other endocrine comorbidities.

Major finding: In a univariate analysis, the risk for Cushing’s disease was notably higher among psoriatic arthritis patients, compared with controls (odds ratio, 5.31).

Data source: Retrospective, cross-sectional comparison of 3,161 patients with psoriatic arthritis and 31,610 matched controls.

Disclosures: Dr. Haddad, Dr. Coates, and Dr. Kavanaugh reported having no relevant financial disclosures.

The large, population-based cohort is a strength of the study. “We are now going back to see how many of these patients were seen by rheumatologists,” Dr. Haddad said. A lack of association with disease burden is a potential limitation, he added.

Thirty percent of patients were treated with biologics and about 67% with steroids. “That number treated with steroids seems high,” a meeting attendee commented. Dr. Haddad explained that it is the percentage ever treated with steroids, not necessarily currently on steroids.

In a separate session at the GRAPPA meeting addressing psoriatic disease treatment recommendations, an attendee asked about specific recommendations for comorbidities. For now, GRAPPA plans to include comorbidities within its overall recommendations, as it did in its most recent update, released in January 2016. A limited amount of data is a primary reason.

“As the evidence on comorbidities gets better, we may someday have separate recommendations for comorbidities,” said Laura Coates, MD, a clinical lecturer in rheumatology at the University of Leeds (England).

“The comorbidities are very important,” said Arthur F. Kavanaugh, MD, professor of medicine at the University of California, San Diego. “That’s trickier and deals with the international nature of GRAPPA. It’s hard to say, ‘Go see this specialist,’ because that might not be standard of care in that country.”

Dr. Haddad, Dr. Coates, and Dr. Kavanaugh reported having no relevant financial disclosures.

 From http://www.clinicalendocrinologynews.com/specialty-focus/diabetes/single-article-page/psoriatic-arthritis-patients-face-more-endocrine-comorbidities/f8700c8ffde9fc2534295458feb8eba3.html?utm_source=News_CEN_eNL_072616&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Psoriatic+arthritis+patients+face+more+endocrine+comorbidities

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  1. Also factor in the number of people who aren’t diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis those who are misdiagnosed with another form of arthritis like oateo or even fibromyalgia or ‘fill in the blank du jour’. Too many fall through the cracks at every turn. Fight back and they just try to slap a DX on there of ‘anxiety’ to put you in the ignore pile.

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