COVID-19 in Patients with Psoriatic Arthritis


Svitlana Smiyan
Anastasya Bilukha
Bohdan Koshak
Oleh Hrymalyuk
Viktoria Smiyan


The COVID-19 pandemic has a negative impact on all aspects of human life and can lead to the exacerbation of chronic diseases. At the same time, it is known that a higher risk of infection and a more severe course of coronavirus infection is found in the elderly, as well as in people with serious comorbidities.

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a type of inflammatory arthritis that is often diagnosed in patients with psoriasis. Specific treatment of patients with chronic inflammatory joint disease include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, glucocorticosteroids, disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs, new biological agents, including monoclonal antibodies to IL-6, IL-1, TNF-a, target disease modifying drugs. Medications used for PsA treatment can potentially have both negative and positive effects on the course of COVID-19.

The objective: to analyze the features of COVID-19 in patients with PsA and to study the comorbid pathology after coronavirus infection.

Materials and methods. The study involved 174 people with a verified diagnosis of PsA. Patients were divided into two groups. Group I included 112 (64.4%) persons who had COVID-19, and group II - 62 (35.6%) who had not had coronavirus infection at the time of first examination.

Patients in group I significantly differed from group II in age (p <0.001) and duration of PsA (p <0.001), showed a significantly higher degree of psoriatic skin lesions and activity of the underlying disease (p = 0.001) compared to patients from group II. The participants of the study underwent examination characterize the course of the psoriatic disease and skin lesions and risk of cardiovascular disease.

Results. To date, there are no clear scientific data that reveal the specific features of COVID-19 infection and the effect of antirheumatic therapy on the development of dangerous complications associated with coronavirus infection in patients with PsA.

The analysis of comorbid pathology has found cardiovascular pathology in 67 (59.8%) of patients, including arterial hypertension – in 58 (51.8%) people, metabolic syndrome – in 34 (30.4%), diseases of the digestive system – in 32 (28.6%) and respiratory system – in 24 (21.4%) of persons.

Conclusions. Patients with higher activity and duration of the PsA were significantly more likely to get COVID-19 and demonstrated higher total cardiovascular risk for the next 10 years.

Further research is needed to study the impact of specific basic rheumatological drugs on the outcomes of COVID-19 and to analyze the broader effects of the pandemic on the course of psoriatic arthritis.


How to Cite
Smiyan, S., Bilukha, A., Koshak, B., Hrymalyuk, O., & Smiyan, V. (2022). COVID-19 in Patients with Psoriatic Arthritis. Family Medicine, (1-2), 43–47.
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Author Biographies

Svitlana Smiyan, I. Horbachevsky Ternopil National Medical University

Svitlana I. Smiyan,

Department of Internal Medicine No 2

Anastasya Bilukha, I. Horbachevsky Ternopil National Medical University

Anastasya V. Bilukha,

Department of Internal Medicine No 2

Bohdan Koshak, I. Horbachevsky Ternopil National Medical University

Bohdan O. Koshak,

Department of Internal Medicine No 2

Oleh Hrymalyuk, I. Horbachevsky Ternopil National Medical University

Oleh I. Hrymalyuk,

Department of Histology and Embryology

Viktoria Smiyan, I. Horbachevsky Ternopil National Medical University

Viktoria O. Smiyan


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