Clinical and demographic characteristics of patients with psoriatic arthritis in northern Israel

Rheumatol Int. 2012 Mar;32(3):595-600. doi: 10.1007/s00296-010-1673-1. Epub 2010 Dec 1.


Disease patterns and manifestations may vary among different populations and change over time. The purpose of our study was to define the demographic, clinical, roentgenologic, and laboratory findings in a recent cohort of psoriatic arthritis patients followed up in rheumatology clinics in northern Israel. We conducted a cross-sectional study of 149 psoriatic arthritis patients. Demographic, clinical, laboratory, and radiological data, with emphasis on the pattern of arthritis, treatment regimens, and co-morbidities were obtained from patient interviews and rheumatology file reviews. The mean age of our patients was 58.2, with a female preponderance (57.3%). Skin involvement preceded the arthritis or was diagnosed simultaneously in 90.1% of cases. The most common joint involvement was an RA-like arthritis (49.7% of the patients) correlating positively with age, female gender, and disease duration. Dactylitis and nail involvement were observed in 33.6 and 36.2% of the patients, respectively. Radiographic bone erosions were noted in a third of the patients, correlating with DIP and RA-like arthritis patterns. Most patients were treated with methotrexate (73.8%) and a combination therapy (41.4%). An increased incidence of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes mellitus was noted in our cohort compared to the general Israeli population. Our survey, the first of its kind conducted in Israel, noted a relative increase in the polyarticular manifestation of PsA and a decrease in spondyloarthropathy, compared to historic series, with more aggressive disease found in women above the age of sixty. These findings are in line with recent surveys.

MeSH terms

  • Antirheumatic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / diagnosis*
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / drug therapy
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / epidemiology*
  • Clinical Chemistry Tests
  • Comorbidity
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Demography
  • Diabetes Mellitus / epidemiology*
  • Drug Therapy, Combination
  • Family Health
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hyperlipidemias / epidemiology*
  • Hypertension / epidemiology*
  • Immunosuppressive Agents / therapeutic use
  • Israel / epidemiology
  • Joints / pathology
  • Joints / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Methotrexate / therapeutic use
  • Middle Aged
  • Retrospective Studies


  • Antirheumatic Agents
  • Immunosuppressive Agents
  • Methotrexate