Severe Psoriasis May Indicate Systemic Inflammation

Posted By American Med Spa Association, Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Psoriasis goes beyond a skin disease, dermatologists learned at the Maui Derm 2015 conference this week. Physicians are becoming increasingly aware that severe cases of psoriasis are indications of dangerous systemic inflammation.
“Psoriasis patients are at greater risk of diseases of inflammation, such as hypertension, psoriatic arthritis, and obesity,” says Bruce Strober, M.D., Ph.D., who’s vice chair, associate professor and director of Clinical Trials Unit at the University of Connecticut, in an interview. “Patients with psoriasis may have vascular dysfunction, manifested by atherosclerotic heart disease and stroke. Also, fatty liver disease may be intrinsic to psoriatic disease.”