While psychiatric conditions can be the result of psoriasis, it has recently been shown that they can also induce or worsen the disease. doi: 10.1111/jdv.14204. Hepatitis C virus and Candida albicans are known triggers of psoriasis. Routinely screening all men to check their prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels is a controversial subject in the international medical community. Patients with dementia are more likely to have had psoriasis than patients without dementia. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2017;31(8):1308–15. Dermatol Clin 2015;33(1):41–55. Smoking and risk for psoriasis: A population-based twin study. The RACGP information for GPs and patients Pharmaceutical Society of Australia Dedicated Electronic Prescriptions Support Line for pharmacies: 1300 955 162. Korman NJ. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2016;30(8):1349–53. The RACP will close from Thursday 24 December 2020 and re-open Monday 4 January 2021 (Australia) and Tuesday 5 January 2021 (Aotearoa New Zealand). A prostate infection. RACGP President Dr Frank R Jones says the list was created as part of Choosing Wisely Australia to encourage GPs and their patients to think about and discuss medical tests, treatments and procedures where evidence shows they provide no overall benefit and, in some cases, may lead to harm. Though some of these comorbidities occur commonly in clinical practice, they should not be overlooked in a patient with psoriasis as they may cause a psychological and physical impact if left untreated. Navigators can help you find a health care provider, learn about treatments and health insurance, locate programs that may lower the cost of treatments, and connect with other people living with psoriatic disease. Cai Q, Teeple A, Wu B, Muser E. Prevalence and economic burden of comorbid anxiety and depression among patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis. To ensure you get the right membership, please select your vocation: Login or join to access theAusDoc website, They say the doctors' college is putting patients at risk, © Australian Doctor 2021 - All Right Reserved. These comorbidities may be missed unless specifically looked for. In patients with psoriasis, the prevalence of hyperlipidaemia is 46%, hypertension 42%, type 2 diabetes (T2D) 17% and obesity 14%.5 The more severe the psoriasis, the greater the risk and severity of metabolic syndrome.6 Therefore, it is critical that patients with psoriasis are evaluated for the risk factors for metabolic syndrome. The PSA blood level is also increased in other conditions. Armstrong AW, Harskamp CT, Armstrong EJ. Br J Dermatol 2020;182(4):840–48. Prevalence and phenotype of concurrent psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease. Whilst the RACGP recommends against prostate cancer screening (as detailed in our Guidelines for preventive activities in general practice) we recognise many men will be asking their GPs about screening. The risk of lymphoma in patients with psoriasis. It is a criterion for the initiation and continuation of biological therapy. A holistic approach to a patient with psoriasis that includes evaluating and assessing comorbidities and risk of morbidity is essential, as psoriasis should be considered a systemic disease rather than cutaneous condition alone. The impact of psoriasis on QoL is reported as similar to, if not worse than, the impact of cancer or diabetes.6, Avoiding intimacy and close relationships because of stigmatisation and social isolation can worsen psychiatric conditions. Ryan C, Kirby B. Psoriasis is a systemic disease with multiple cardiovascular and metabolic comorbidities. But both the PSA and Pharmacy Guild believe the RACGP is provoking a turf war that is putting patients at risk. PsA questionnaires include but are not limited to Psoriatic Arthritis Quality of Life (PsAQoL) and Psoriatic Arthritis Impact of Disease (PsAID). Psoriasis and infection. doi: 10.1590/abd1806-4841.20153038. Wu JJ, Feldman SR, Koo J, Marangell LB. J Am Acad Dermatol 2017;77(2):287–92.e4. Dermatol Clin 2015;33(1):127–48. doi: 10.1097/MIB.0000000000001169. Periodontitis a common Gram-negative bacterial infection affecting the teeth that is more common in patients with psoriasis than in the general population.26, It is difficult to determine whether the presence of infections causes psoriasis or is a result of immune changes that make the lesions more susceptible to infectious colonisation. Lønnberg AS, Skov L, Skytthe A, Kyvik KO, Pedersen OB, Thomsen SF. Gelfand JM, Shin DB, Neimann AL, Wang X, Margolis DJ, Troxel AB. Shah K, Mellars L, Changolkar A, Feldman SR. A case control study found that after accounting for confounders (eg cardiovascular risk factors including hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and income status), patients with dementia had an odds ratio of 1.46 of having previous psoriasis when compared with the control group.16 Other studies have implied cognitive decline, poor QoL and earlier death for patients with psoriasis.16, Alcohol consumption may be elevated in patients with psoriasis. General doi: 10.1007/s40257-017-0337-2. Int J Dermatol 2016;55(2):e72–78. Individual drug monographs with succinct descriptions of mode of action, indications and precautions, adverse effects, brand names and products, PBS information and off-label uses, patient counselling and practice points, among other things. Because psoriasis precedes PsA by approximately 12 years,3 there is ample time to ask patients about symptoms of PsA and investigate and treat early in the disease process before permanent joint destruction occurs.3 This primary prevention is not undertaken in almost 60% of patients with PsA, who do not have their joints treated.3 When assessing a patient with psoriasis, no matter how severe, it is important to examine their nails and joints, ask about symptoms of PsA and provide analgesia and early referral to a rheumatologist. The Psoriasis Area and Severity Index (PASI) is the most commonly used tool in Australia for the assessment of psoriasis. Though psoriasis was often considered a cutaneous condition alone, more recent literature has shown other organ involvement. Serum rheumatoid factor is elevated in 13% of patients with PsA, compared with 80% of those with rheumatoid arthritis.2 Radiographic changes include pencil-in-cup deformity, with digit shortening and bone lysis.2 These changes can occur within two years of disease onset. AMH is compiled .. There is an increased risk of herpes zoster with tumour necrosis factor–a inhibitors and Candida spp. J Dermatolog Treat 2018;29(5):487–95. Refer a patient to an allied health professional as part of a care plan and team care arrangement Complete a diabetes annual cycle of care. “A collaborative approach between pharmacists and GPs is needed now more than ever to focus on patient outcomes and impacts rather than attempts to undermine one another,” he said. Eppinga H, Poortinga S, Thio HB, et al. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(18)30830-4. GPs are in a prime position to screen, diagnose and manage comorbidities in a patient with psoriasis. Zink A, Herrmann M, Fischer T, et al. The pathogenesis of psoriatic arthritis. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2017;31(12):1999–2009. Australas J Dermatol 2019;60(2):91–98. This includes comorbidities and preferences. Whether you were diagnosed yesterday or 20 years ago, whether you need help today or for the long haul, Patient Navigators are ready to help. Chelsea Felkai MPS usually balances a busy life of university teaching, PhD study and community pharmacy locum shifts in Newcastle, NSW. It is speculated that reducing the amount of circulating cytokines will improve the systemic manifestations and complications associated with psoriasis.27. GPs have a broad understanding of and exposure to general medicine and are in a privileged position of seeing many patients with psoriasis within the spectrum of the disease. PsA is often underdiagnosed, with a delay in therapy resulting in morbidity and impaired quality of life (QoL). Higher incidence rates of comorbidities in patients with psoriatic arthritis compared with the general population using US administrative claims data. Should I have prostate cancer screening? The PSA said the changes mean electronic prescriptions are quickly expected to be in wide use across the whole metropolitan area by prescribers and pharmacies. 3. Patient Global Assessment (PGA) and Body Surface Area (BSA) are also used. The development of hypertension is 1.3 times more likely in patients with mild psoriasis than in patients without psoriasis. Purchase the AMH Book direct from the college. 2 Moll et al described five types of PsA, namely oligoarticular asymmetrical arthritis, symmetrical polyarthritis, distal arthritis, arthritis mutilans and spondyloarthropathy (which can affect the spine and sacroiliac joints). Five of the best AusDoc stories of the year, Long COVID: 'I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy', Doctors split over compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for health workers. PsA typically starts as a mild oligoarticular disease, although for 20% of affected patients it progresses to a severe form that comprises polyarticular disease and joint destruction.2 It is more asymmetrical than rheumatoid arthritis.2 Symptoms include pain and stiffness at rest that improve with movement, and morning stiffness that lasts for longer than 30 minutes.3 Enthesitis represents inflammation around the insertion of the tendon or ligament into the bone. The guidelines have also received formal endorsement from the Urological Society of Australia But most of these cancers do not cause problems. longer recommended in addition to PSA testing. The PSA test measures the level of PSA in a man’s blood. doi: 10.1111/bjd.12670. It is needed to confirm whether prostate cancer is present. doi: 10.1080/13696998.2019.1638788. Lewis DJ, Chan WH, Hinojosa T, Hsu S, Feldman SR. Mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis and the role of the skin microbiome in psoriasis: A review. doi: 10.1111/ajd.12895. doi: 10.1111/bjd.12322. PSA tests are unreliable and can suggest prostate cancer when no cancer exists (a false-positive result). A prostate biopsy may be recommended if there is an elevated PSA or a rapid rise in PSA. Of the 80 people screened, five were ultimately referred and started treatment for diabetes. Patients with severe psoriasis were more likely to have suicidal ideation, suicide attempts and completed suicide than the general population.13,14 Clinical trials evaluating the efficacy of newer medications for psoriasis typically incorporate QoL and depression questionnaires to assess the impact on psychiatric health. Christmas and New Year shutdown. J Manag Care Spec Pharm 2019;25(1):122–32. Koo J, Marangell LB, Nakamura M, et al. doi: 10.18553/jmcp.2018.17421. As an example, he says local GPs supported his pharmacy’s involvement in the recent diabetes screening trial. The pathophysiology of depression and psoriasis may be similar, with elevation of proinflammatory cytokines interleukin (IL)-1 and IL-6 suggesting biochemical and physiological interdependence rather than physical consequence.13, The prevalence of depression in patients with psoriasis has been reported as high as 18% in some studies,5,14 although anxiety has been reported in up to 30% of patients.6 Anxiety does not correlate with the severity of the skin disease. These cancers are usually slow to grow. doi: 10.1111/jdv.14460. Depression and suicidality in psoriasis: Review of the literature including the cytokine theory of depression. A recent, long bike ride.Up to 25% of men with high PSAs may have prostate cancer, depending on age and PSA level. The prevalence of psoriasis in patients with IBD can be up to 10%.10 IBD occurs in 0.4% of the general population, compared with 1.6% of patients with psoriasis.10 The risk of developing psoriasis in patients with Crohn’s disease has been reported to be five times greater than the risk for controls.11 Crohn’s disease and psoriasis have similar peak ages of onset, findings of intestinal permeability, immunopathogenesis and responses to therapies. PsA is considered a spondyloarthropathy because of the extra-articular features and spondylitis that occur in up to 40% of patients.2 It is also associated with HLA-B27.2 Nail involvement affects approximately 87% of patients with PsA.3 Typical changes include pitting, crumbling, onycholysis, leukonychia, subungual hyperkeratosis and splinter haemorrhages. Prostate-specific antigen, or PSA, is a protein produced by normal, as well as malignant, cells of the prostate gland. Do you know the symptoms of spinal muscular atrophy? doi: 10.1016/j.det.2014.09.010. The Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) is the peak national professional pharmacy organisation, representing Australia's 32,000 pharmacists in all sectors and across all locations, working in or towards a career in pharmacy. With the advent of newer biological and immunosuppressive agents in the armamentarium to treat psoriasis, it is essential to monitor for other infections, malignancies and side effects. A higher-than-normal PSA level doesn’t automatically indicate prostate cancer either. Br J Dermatol 2017;177(3):837–44. The management of the comorbidities is not discussed as it is beyond the scope of this article. A guideline that has received RACGP endorsement will be issued with the RACGP … AMH is jointly owned by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP), the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia (PSA) and the Australasian Society of Clinical and Experimental Pharmacologists and Toxicologists (ASCEPT). J Dermatolog Treat 2018;29(1):13–18. Autoimmune conditionsDermatologyPsoriasis, Australian Journal of General Practice published by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, 100 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002, Australia Live vaccines must also be avoided given the risk of dissemination. Joint damage starts early in the disease, manifesting in dactylitis, enthesitis and spondylitis.3 Tendons, ligaments, joints, synovium and bone can all be inflamed in PsA.3. Preus HR, Khanifam P, Kolltveit K, Mørk C, Gjermo P. Periodontitis in psoriasis patients: A blinded, case-controlled study. 4. doi: 10.1136/ard.2004.032482. 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