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VIDEO: Bariatric surgery may improve symptoms of psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis

SAN FRANCISCO — At the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, Soumya M. Reddy, MD, co-director, NYU Psoriatic Arthritis Center, and assistant professor of medicine, New York University School of Medicine, discussed results of a study that found excessive weight loss aided by bariatric surgery was linked to improved symptoms in patients with psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis.

Reddy and colleagues reviewed a database of 9,073 bariatric surgeries performed at one surgical center between 2002 and 2013. They identified 128 patients who had a diagnosis of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis before bariatric surgery, of whom 86 patients agreed to participate in the study. The researchers found 62% of patients with psoriatic arthritis and 55% of patients with psoriasis reported improvement in symptoms.

SAN FRANCISCO — At the American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, Soumya M. Reddy, MD, co-director, NYU Psoriatic Arthritis Center, and assistant professor of medicine, New York University School of Medicine, discussed results of a study that found excessive weight loss aided by bariatric surgery was linked to improved symptoms in patients with psoriatic arthritis and psoriasis.

Reddy and colleagues reviewed a database of 9,073 bariatric surgeries performed at one surgical center between 2002 and 2013. They identified 128 patients who had a diagnosis of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis before bariatric surgery, of whom 86 patients agreed to participate in the study. The researchers found 62% of patients with psoriatic arthritis and 55% of patients with psoriasis reported improvement in symptoms.

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