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Psoriatic Arthritis

What is Psoriatic Arthritis

Psoriatic arthritis is a form of arthritis that results from a person suffering from a skin condition known as psoriasis, which is a chronic skin disease characterised by red and scaly skin rash that occur commonly on the scalp, knees and elbows. Similar to rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritic is an autoimmune disease whereby the immune system attacks its own cells. Research shows that about one-third of the patients suffering from psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis.

Listed below are some of the signs and symptoms of psoriatic arthritis.

  • Joint pain, often coupled together with swelling

    The most common areas where psoriatic arthritis develops are the toes, ankles, knees, fingers and lower back.
  • Dactylitis

    This refers to the sausage-like swelling along the entire length of a finger or toe. This allows psoriatic arthritis to be easily distinguished from rheumatoid arthritis whereby the swelling and inflammation is only at the affected joints.
  • Enthesitis

    People with psoriatic arthritis often experience pain at the tendon and ligaments. This is commonly experienced in the elbow or at the heels. This is another distinguishing sign and symptom of psoriatic arthritis.
  • Our Services

    There are more than 100 different types of rheumatic disorders. Our team works together to diagnose and treat the full spectrum of these disorders, including autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, rheumatoid osteoarthritis and psoriatic osteoarthritis, as well as other forms of osteoarthritis, such as osteoosteoarthritis, gout and osteoarthritis. Treatments for the various conditions may include lifestyle changes, medication and surgery. A/Prof Leong will tailor each treatment plan to effectively manage the condition in each patient.

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    About Our Arthritis Specialist

    A/Prof Leong Keng Hong is a senior consultant rheumatologist at Gleneagles Medical Centre and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore. He is the founder of the Osteoporosis Society (Singapore) (OSS), established in 1996, and served as its President until 2004. He also served as the Inaugural Chairman of the Chapter of Rheumatologists in the Academy of Medicine, Singapore from 2004-2007 and was delegated as Chairman until 2013.

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