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Psoriasis duration reflects cardiovascular event risk



It has been clear for some time that the skin is not the only organ affected by psoriatic inflammation. The study that quantified the relationship between psoriasis duration and cardiovascular risk – a 1% increase for each year of psoriasis – was a collaboration between investigators at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

The two-part project included aortal imaging of 190 psoriasis patients using fludeoxyglucose F 18 PET/CT scan, which showed a strong relationship between duration of psoriasis and the degree of vascular inflammation. This was bolstered by a population-based study using Danish national registry data on 87,161 psoriasis patients and 4.2 million controls from the general Danish population (J Am Acad Dermatol. 2017 Oct;77[4]:650-56.e3).

Dr. Eichenfield reported serving as a consultant to and/or recipient of research grants from more than a dozen pharmaceutical companies.

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