Bone Fractures More Likely to Occur in Psoriasis, PsA Patients

Individuals who have psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis are at a significantly higher risk of also suffering bone fractures, particularly in their hip and vertebrae, according to a new study published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

“To our knowledge, these are the first population-based estimates of the risk for incident fracture and osteoporosis in patients with psoriasis and/or PsA [psoriatic arthritis] and the first longitudinal cohort study to address this issue,” wrote the authors of the study, led by Alexis Ogdie-Beatty, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia (Ann Rheum Dis. 2017 Jan 16. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2016-210441).

Dr. Alexis R. Ogdie-Beatty

Dr. Alexis R. Ogdie-Beatty

Dr. Ogdie-Beatty and her coinvestigators conducted a longitudinal, population-based study involving patients with PsA and psoriasis, comparing incidences of bone fractures in those patients against patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and the general population, which served as the control group. All patients screened for eligibility were between the ages of 18 and 89 years, with data collected from the Health Improvement Network of the United Kingdom from 1994 through January 2014. Read more here. 

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