Symptoms and X-rays for Psoriatic Arthritis

Question

Is there plaque present at the site of the arthritis ? Can X-rays be used to confirm diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis?

Answer

Is there plaque present at the site of the arthritis?
In psoriatic arthritis skin disease and joint disease do not have to be present at the same time and in the same body location.

Can X-rays be used to confirm diagnosis of psoriatic arthritis?
X-rays can provide useful information. Ultrasound is another useful tool especially in early disease.

Ana-Maria Orbai, MD MHS

About Ana-Maria Orbai, MD MHS

Instructor in Medicine
Johns Hopkins Arthritis Center