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Psoriatic Arthritis Research Briefs: Disease Burden, Eye Surgery, New Biologic

Keep up-to-date on psoriatic arthritis (PsA) research with our brief research summaries.

Enthesitis and Dactylitis Associated With Greater Disease Burden

The presence of dactylitis – inflammation of the fingers and/or toes – and enthesitis – inflammation of the sites where the tendons or ligaments insert into the bone – can have important implications for people with PsA. A study of 1,567 PsA patients found that, overall, those with dactylitis or enthesitis had greater disease activity.

Additionally those with enthesitis had worse functional status, reported more pain and fatigue and were more likely to have work impairment. The study’s authors say their findings underscore the importance of identifying, assessing and managing enthesitis and dactylitis in people with PsA.

Source: Arthritis Care & Research, April 2017

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