AS & Psoriatic Arthritis - Arthritis Meeting 2003 (cont.)
Nearly half of patients with psoriatic arthritis were reported to have a parent with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis!
Dr. Shiel's Perspective: Impressive. This emphasizes the importance of the family history when patients are evaluated. It also highlights the genetic (inherited) predisposition to psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.
The genetic susceptibility (inherited predisposition) to ankylosing spondylitis was isolated to chromosomes #6 and #11.
Dr. Shiel's Perspective: Step by step scientists move closer to cracking the genetics of ankylosing spondylitis. This condition has been one of the most intensely studied rheumatic diseases in regards to genetics. Stay tuned!
Last Editorial Review: 2/1/2005