With the availability of effective treatment with targeted synthetic and biologic diseasemodifying anti-rheumatic drugs (ts/bDMARDs) for psoriatic arthritis (PsA), it is crucial to identify predictors of access to this treatment since disease onset. We retrospectively enrolled patients with peripheral PsA, assessed in an early arthritis clinic from 2005 to 2020. The main baseline demographic, clinical and ultrasonographic (assessment of bilateral wrist and metacarpophalangeal joints) features were evaluated through descriptive statistics and tested as predictors by univariate and multivariate Cox models. The outcome of interest was the indication for ts/bDMARDs within 2 years from diagnosis. We included 238 patients with PsA, with a mean (sd) age of 51.04 (13.98) years; 90 (37.8%) were male, and the median (IQR) symptom duration was 6.12 (3.29–12.25) months. In univariate analyses, C-reactive protein (RR, 95% CI 1.204 (1.065,1.362)), Visual Analogue Scale (VAS) pain (1.027 (1.005,1.048)), the number of tender joints on 28 joints (1.087 (1.025, 1.153)), and a synovial power Doppler (PD) score > 1 (3.63 (1.307, 10.08)) emerged as significant predictors. C-reactive protein, VAS pain and PD confirmed their predictive value also in multivariate models. These results provide preliminary evidence on the features that might characterize patients with early peripheral PsA requiring more intensive monitoring and treatment escalation.
- Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs
- Early arthritis
- Psoriatic arthritis
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