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PSORIASIS and COMORBIDITIES – CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASE

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WHAT IS COMORBIDITY? Comorbidity is a concurrence of multiple diseases or disorders in association with a given disease, in this case, psoriasis.  INCREASED RISK  The patient with psoriasis has an increased risk of developing one or more of a number of other diseases/conditions that share many immunological features with psoriasis.  CHART 1: Comorbidities Associated with Psoriasis 1,2,3 Metabolic Syndrome – Cardiovascular Disease Arterial hypertension/ Atherosclerosis Myocardial infarction (MI) Dyslipidemia (Raised cholesterol) The immunological abnormalities that lead to the development of psoriasis suggest that these patients

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Itch + Psoriasis

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Itch (Pruritus) is an important but underestimated symptom in psoriasis. However, there is limited published research data available on both its prevalence and characteristics. Some studies suggest that its prevalence in psoriasis sufferers, from different parts of the world, ranges from between 70% and 90%. In one Study Researchers found that 83% of psoriatic patients suffered from itching and in 45% of these patients pruritus was a daily occurrence (in 32% “often” and in 13% “always”) 1 Functional brain imaging studies

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Types of Psoriasis – FLEXURAL/INTERTRIGINOUS (INVERSE PSORIASIS) and GENITAL PSORIASIS

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Inverse psoriasis  also known as flexural or intertriginous psoriasis is a rare form of psoriasis that occurs in the flexural skin folds. Plaque psoriasis is most commonly found on the trunk and extensor surfaces of the body, such as the knees, elbows, sacral (lower back) area, and scalp whereas Inverse psoriasis is found in the folds of the axilla (armpits), submammary (breast) folds, and groin (inguinal) and buttock folds. It can occur in any area where two skin surfaces meet. The

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Psoriasis and Fatigue

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Fatigue is a common and often disabling symptom that occurs in patients with chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases, cancer, neurological diseases and a number of other conditions in which inflammation and/or cellular stress occurs. Fatigue may be defined as ‘an overwhelming sense of exhaustion, tiredness, languidness, languor, lassitude, and listlessness. It is a subjective feeling which is distinct from weakness, and has a gradual onset.  Fatigue can be Acute and/or Chronic (ongoing state of tiredness), that leads to mental or

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PSORIASIS – Kidney Disease

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The patient with psoriasis has an increased risk of developing one or more of a number of other diseases/conditions that share many immunological features with psoriasis. CHART 1: Comorbidities Associated with Psoriasis     Renal Disease     Chronic Kidney Disease 1, 2, 3 Numerous case reports have described the coexistence of psoriasis and kidney disease (Glomerulonephritis - acute inflammation of the glomeruli, which are structures in the kidneys that are made up of tiny blood vessels). Various types of kidney disease have been discussed

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