Association between HLA-BW38 and peripheral psoriatic arthritis

Arthritis Rheum. 1978 Jan-Feb;21(1):72-5. doi: 10.1002/art.1780210112.


The frequency distribution of HLA antigens was studied in a group of psoriatic patients with and without arthritis. HLA-BW38 was found significantly increased in the group with peripheral psoriatic arthritis. There were no differences in the clinical features of the arthritis in the BW38 positive (+) and BW38 negative (-) individuals. It is suggested that BW38 is a genetic marker and/or an indicator of peripheral joint involvement in psoriatic patients.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthritis / complications
  • Arthritis / immunology*
  • Female
  • HLA Antigens*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Psoriasis / complications
  • Psoriasis / immunology*


  • HLA Antigens