[Psoriatic arthritis : Overview of drug therapy options and administration characteristics]

Z Rheumatol. 2016 Jun;75(5):471-88. doi: 10.1007/s00393-016-0110-6.
[Article in German]


Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the musculoskeletal system with association to skin psoriasis and is characterized by variable clinical symptoms with very heterogeneous degrees of disease suffering for patients. Clinical manifestations essentially include alterations to the skin and nails, peripheral arthritis, enthesitis, dactylitis and/or spinal involvement. This variability necessitates an individualized therapy of patients with different therapy targets. Apart from international guidelines no therapy recommendations are available in Germany for treatment of psoriatic arthritis. For this reason this article summarizes the established points, characteristics and aspects to be considered in the therapy of psoriatic arthritis in Germany, taking the various main forms of the disease into consideration.

Keywords: Dactylitis; Disease activity; Enthesitis; Joints; Musculoskeletal system.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / diagnosis*
  • Arthritis, Psoriatic / drug therapy*
  • Dermatologic Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Drug Administration Schedule
  • Drug Monitoring / methods
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Humans
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Dermatologic Agents