Arthritis Specialists Pleasantville NJ

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Ana M Cilursu, MD
(609) 652-0944
803 E Lexington Ct
Galloway, NJ
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Fed De Rio De Janeiro, Fac De Med,
Graduation Year: 1982

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George J Halko
(609) 601-1080
408 Bethel Rd
Somers Point, NJ
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Jeanne Pare, MD
(973) 989-0500
600 Mt Pleasant Ave
Dover, NJ
Business
Allergy, Asthma & Arthritis Assoc
Specialties
Rheumatology

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Iain Lachlan McLean, MD
(732) 594-2205
PO Box 2000
Rahway, NJ
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Otago, Med Sch, Dunedin, New Zealand
Graduation Year: 1985

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Richard R Brodman, MD
(908) 561-7440
345 Somerset St
North Plainfield, NJ
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of M
Graduation Year: 1973

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David Martin Sagransky
(609) 653-6403
1701 New Rd
Linwood, NJ
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Bessie Sullivan, MD
(908) 753-1133
35-37 Progress
Edison, NJ
Business
The Arthritis Allergy & Immunology Ctr
Specialties
Rheumatology

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Richard Haddad, MD
(732) 842-3600
282 Broad St
Red Bank, NJ
Business
Allegra Arthritis Associates PC
Specialties
Rheumatology

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Mark Fisher, MD
856-547-8004 x14
713 Station Ave
Haddon Heights, NJ
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1973
Hospital
Hospital: Our Lady Of Lourdes Med Ctr, Camden, Nj
Group Practice: Wellness Center At Haddon Hts

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Tatyana Grinchenko
(973) 405-5163
871 Allwood Rd
Clifton, NJ
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Psoriatic Arthritis

A Patient's Guide to Psoriatic Arthritis

Introduction

Psoriasis is a disease that most people think of as primarily a skin disease because the condition causes a persistent rash in various areas of the body. Psoriatic arthritis is a type of joint disease that occurs in roughly seven percent of people who have psoriasis. Psoriatic arthritis affects people of all ages, but most get it between the ages of 30 and 50. Usually a patient has psoriasis (the skin rash) for many years before the arthritis develops, and the arthritis comes on slowly. But this is not always the case. No matter what, patients with psoriatic arthritis must manage both the outbreaks of itchy, scaly skin and the pain and stiffness of arthritis.

This guide will help you understand

  • how psoriatic arthritis develops
  • how doctors diagnose the condition
  • what can be done for the problem

Anatomy

Where does psoriatic arthritis develop?

Psoriatic arthritis can affect any joint. Its symptoms often seem like the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or degenerative arthritis of the spine. X-rays can be used to show the difference between psoriatic arthritis and other diseases. In psoriatic arthritis, X-rays show a very distinctive type of bone destruction around the joint and certain patterns of swelling in the tissues around the joints.

Patients with psoriatic arthritis fall into three groups. Many patients have what is called asymmetric arthritis. This means that only a few joints are involved and that it does not occur in the same joints on both sides of the body. (For example, only one wrist and one foot are affected.)

An equal number of patients suffer from symmetric polyarthritis. This means that arthritis occurs in several corresponding joints on both sides of the body. (For example, both elbows, both knees, and both hands are affected.) The polyarthritis type of psoriatic arthritis is much like RA.

A third group has mostly axial disease. This refers to arthritis of the spine, the sacroiliac joint (where the pelvis and bottom of the spine meet), or the hip and shoulder joints. Patients do not necessarily stay in the same category. Over time, the pattern may change. Doctors use these categories to better understand the disease and to follow the progression of the arthritis. The treatment is basically the same.

Causes

Why do I have this problem?

The exact cause of psoriatic arthritis is not known. Many factors seem to be involved in its development. Heredity--your genes--plays a major role. People who are closely related to someone with psoriatic arthritis are 50 times more likely to develop the disease themselves. Recent studies have located genetic markers shared by most people who have the disease.

Sometimes injuries seem to set off psoriatic arthritis. Infections also contribute to the disease. It is known that strep infections in children can cause psoriasis. Some researchers think that the arthritis may be...

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