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Have psoriatic arthritis dx, new rheumie says that if i don't have elevated inflammation markers then i don't have psa... True or false?

Have psoriatic arthritis dx, new rheumie says that if i don't have elevated inflammation markers then i don't have psa... True or false?

Not unusual : Many patients with psoriatic arthritis (approximtely 50%) will have either normal or near normal ESR and or CRP levels (inflammatory markers). Patients with psoriatic arthritis will usually have negative rheumatoid factors and ccp antibodies and antinuclear factors. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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How does Psoriatic Arthritis affect kidneys. What are the tests for a PsA patient to monitor his kidney function? What are the bad signs?

How does Psoriatic Arthritis affect kidneys. What are the tests for a PsA patient to monitor his kidney function? What are the bad signs?

My take is ...: 400-letter space is not enough to address 3 Qs to your satisfaction. So, please specify which one you concerned most, and more doctors in Healthtap can answer your Qs. But, right here, I like to let you know PSA is nothing to do with kidney function for more than ?99% of clinical conditions. Best wishes ... ...Read more

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How is ankylosing spondylitis differentiated from ddd? Have diagnosis of ddd&psoriatic arthritis. Leg weakness for years. New med for psa has eliminated. As?

How is ankylosing spondylitis differentiated from ddd? Have diagnosis of ddd&psoriatic arthritis. Leg weakness for years. New med for psa has eliminated. As?

One is part of other: As is a inherited condition that results in calcification of the disk spaces throughout the spine. This gives the term "bamboo spine". This is a form of ddd. The leg weakness can come from canal or foraminal stenosis related to this. Ddd is a part of as. Imaging can help with the diagnosis and surgery is the last option. Surgery for ddd with as is more complicated. ...Read more

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How can psoriatic arthritis be treated?

How can psoriatic arthritis be treated?

Yes: Multiple meds. Check with rheumatologist what is appropriate. ...Read more

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What are the tests for psoriatic arthritis?

What are the tests for psoriatic arthritis?

Auto-immune tests: Many forms of arthritis, are auto-immune disorders, where the body mistakenly form antibodies against it's own cells or parts of the cell, such as the nucleus (ana=anton-nuclear antibody). There are now many very specific antibodies that can be measured that could suggest or clinch the diagnosis of a particular arthritis or autoimmune disease, including psoriasis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of psoriatic arthritis?

Joint pain: Pain, redness and swelling of the smaller joints. ...Read more

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What are common signs of psoriatic arthritis?

What are common signs of psoriatic arthritis?

PsA: Tender, swollen and/or stiff joints red, itchy, flaky skin swollen and tender entheses (where muscle or ligament attaches to bone) pain and stiffness in the back and neck nail changes—for example, a nail that separates from the nail bed and/or becomes pitted and discolored morning stiffness general fatigue a reduced range of motion. ...Read more

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Do psoriatic comes first or psoriatic arthritis?

Do psoriatic comes first or psoriatic arthritis?

Either way: In most cases the skin involvement precedes the arthritis. In about 30% of cases the arthritis comes at least 6 months before one sees any skin issues. ...Read more

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What is the best way to ease the pain of psoriatic arthritis?

What is the best way to ease the pain of psoriatic arthritis?

Treat psoriasis: Treating the psoriasis usually will help the inflammatory portion of the psoriatic arthritis. If you are still having trouble with the arthritis, there are many options for medicines that can decrease your body's inflammatory response which then will give you relief. See your doctor, and if you aren't getting adequate relief, consider a rheumatology consult. ...Read more

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Dr. James Lin
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Prostate Specific Antigen (Definition)

Psa is a protein made in the prostate gland that functions to liquefy sperm. It is a serine protease made by both normal and malignant prostate glands. Commonly used as a screening test for prostate cancer, the psa test is widely used to detect which men would benefit from a prostate biopsy as well as detect cancer recurrence in men who have been ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Namey
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Psoriasis (Definition)

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease involving the skin, nails, and occasionally the joints. It is not contagious. There are several types of skin lesions, most common variety being large red scaly itchy plaques on extensor surfaces such as elbows and knees. Psoriasis can be controlled by a wide variety of medications, but a cure has ...Read more