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 ().
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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