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Study of Psoriatic Arthritis

This study has been completed.
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National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC) Identifier:
First received: November 3, 1999
Last updated: March 3, 2008
Last verified: January 2006

This study will examine the genetic and immune factors involved in the cause and development of psoriatic arthritis-a disease of both the skin and joints. It will describe the medical features and natural course of the disease and determine participants' eligibility for experimental treatment protocols.

Patients with known or suspected psoriatic arthritis 5 years of age and older and their relatives may enroll in this study. Patients will be evaluated with a medical history and physical examination, electrocardiogram, blood tests and X-rays. Additional procedures may include:

  1. Leukapheresis-Collection of white blood cells for genetic analysis. Whole blood is collected through a needle placed in an arm vein. The blood circulates through a machine that separates it into its components. The plasma is removed and the cells are returned to the body through a second needle placed in the other arm.
  2. Skin biopsy-Removal of a small skin sample for microscopic analysis. An area of skin is numbed with an anesthetic and one to three small circular portions (about 1/4 inch in diameter) are cut and removed.
  3. Joint aspiration-Removal of a small sample of synovial fluid (lubricating joint fluid). An area of skin around the biopsy site is numbed with an anesthetic, and a needle is inserted into the joint to pull out a small fluid sample.
  4. Synovial needle biopsy-Removal of a small sample of synovial tissue (tissue lining the joint). An area of skin around the biopsy site is numbed with an anesthetic and a large needle is inserted into the joint. A smaller needle attached to a syringe is then placed inside the larger needle and small pieces of synovial tissue are removed.
  5. Genetic studies-Saliva and blood samples will be collected for gene testing. Saliva is collected by rinsing the mouth with a tablespoon of salt water and spitting into a test tube.

Patients will be followed once or twice a year and may be evaluated for participation in an experimental treatment study.

Participating relatives of patients will fill out a brief medical history questionnaire and provide a DNA sample (blood sample or tissue swab from the inside of the cheek).

Psoriatic Arthritis

Study Type: Observational
Official Title: Studies of the Pathogenesis and Natural History of Psoriatic Arthritis

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Further study details as provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):

Estimated Enrollment: 999
Study Start Date: March 1995
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2006
Detailed Description:
Patients with known or suspected psoriatic arthritis will be evaluated at the Clinical Center. Studies will include characterization of the clinical and laboratory features of the disease, research studies of the natural history and pathogenesis, genetic studies, and determination of the patient's eligibility to enter experimental therapeutic protocols. Patients may be asked to contribute blood, skin or synovial membrane samples for immunologic and genetic research studies.

Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


Psoriatic arthritis (proven or suspected) or;

Family history of psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis (i.e. family members of patients with psoriasis or psoriatic arthritis); and

Willingness and ability of the subject or guardian to give informed consent.


Concomitant medical problems which would confound the interpretation of immunological studies.

Concomitant medical, surgical or other conditions for which inadequate facilities or funds are available to support their care at the NIH.

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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00001420

United States, Maryland
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892
Sponsors and Collaborators
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
  More Information

Publications: Identifier: NCT00001420     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 950082
Study First Received: November 3, 1999
Last Updated: March 3, 2008

Keywords provided by National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (CC):
Psoriatic Arthritis

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Arthritis, Psoriatic
Joint Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Skin Diseases, Papulosquamous
Skin Diseases
Spinal Diseases
Bone Diseases processed this record on May 25, 2017