Management of Axial Disease in Patients With Psoriatic Arthritis: An Updated Literature Review Informing the 2021 GRAPPA Treatment Recommendations.

Journal Article (Systematic Review;Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: Axial involvement in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a common subset of this condition, but a unanimous definition has yet to be established. It has been defined by using different criteria, ranging from the presence of at least unilateral grade 2 sacroiliitis to those used for ankylosing spondylitis (AS), or simply the presence of inflammatory low back pain (IBP). Our aim was to identify and evaluate the efficacy of therapeutic interventions for treatment of axial disease in PsA. METHODS: This systematic review is an update of the axial PsA (axPsA) domain of the treatment recommendations project by the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA). RESULTS: The systematic review of the literature showed that new biologic and targeted synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drug classes, namely interleukin (IL)-17A and Janus kinase inhibitors, could be considered for the treatment of axPsA. This would be in addition to previously recommended treatments such as nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs, physiotherapy, simple analgesia, and tumor necrosis factor inhibitors. Conflicting evidence still remains regarding the use of IL-12/23 and IL-23 inhibitors. CONCLUSION: Further studies are needed for a better understanding of the treatment of axPsA, as well as validated outcome measures.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Lubrano, E; Chan, J; Queiro-Silva, R; Cauli, A; Goel, N; Poddubnyy, D; Nash, P; Gladman, DD

Published Date

  • February 2023

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 50 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 279 - 284

PubMed ID

  • 36318999

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0315-162X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3899/jrheum.220309


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Canada