"Inflammatory Skin March" in Atopic Dermatitis and Psoriasis

Inflamm Res. 2017 Oct;66(10):833-842. doi: 10.1007/s00011-017-1065-z. Epub 2017 Jun 15.


Background: Comorbidities of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), metabolic syndrome and autoimmune diseases with systemic inflammation are recent topics in medicine. Inflammatory skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis and psoriasis are an active source of diverse proinflammatory cytokines and chemokines, which are readily detectable in the circulation and are likely to be involved in developing comorbidities.

Evidence: Both atopic dermatitis and psoriasis are frequently comorbid with CVD, metabolic syndrome and autoimmune diseases, the consequence of which is called "inflammatory skin march", "psoriatic march" or "march of psoriasis".

Conclusion: In this review, we summarize the epidemiological evidence and pathogenetic concepts regarding inflammatory skin march in atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.

Keywords: Atopic dermatitis; Comorbidity; Proinflammatory cytokines; Psoriasis; Systemic inflammation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / complications
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / immunology
  • Cardiovascular Diseases / pathology
  • Cytokines / metabolism
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / complications
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / epidemiology*
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / immunology
  • Dermatitis, Atopic / pathology*
  • Humans
  • Psoriasis / complications
  • Psoriasis / epidemiology*
  • Psoriasis / immunology
  • Psoriasis / pathology*
  • Skin / immunology
  • Skin / pathology*


  • Cytokines