Psoriatic arthritis : A permanent challenge for rheumatologists and patients - Part 1: epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical course.

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Summary of "Psoriatic arthritis : A permanent challenge for rheumatologists and patients - Part 1: epidemiology, pathogenesis and clinical course."

Psoriatic arthritis is still one of the big challenges in rheumatology due to the great variety of symptoms. Treatment frequently requires an interdisciplinary collaboration of general practitioners, dermatologists and rheumatologists who are able to recognize the onset of disease early by means of classification criteria and new imaging techniques followed by the implementation of appropriate antirheumatic treatment. During recent years new immunological pathways have been discovered leading to an increasing number of potential therapies, which increases the chance to find effective individualized treatment. However, tracking back the onset of the disease to specific causes is still a challenge which is made even more complex due to the absence of specific serum parameters.

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Medizinische Klinik III (Rheumatologie & Immunologie), Universitätsklinikum Erlangen, Ulmenweg 18, 91054, Erlangen, Deutschland, stephanie.finzel@uk-erlangen.de.

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Name: Zeitschrift fur Rheumatologie
ISSN: 1435-1250
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