The association between psoriatic arthritis and venous thromboembolism: a population-based cohort study

Tal Gazitt, Jacob Pesachov, Idit Lavi, Muna Elias, Amir Haddad, Ilan Feldhamer, Arnon Dov Cohen, Walid Saliba, Devy Zisman

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    Background: Although the risk of cardiovascular disease has been discussed extensively in both psoriasis (PsO) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA), very few studies have addressed the occurrence of venous thromboembolic (VTE) events among PsO patients, and even fewer in PsA. Thus, our goal was to assess the association between PsA and VTE events using a large population-based database. Methods: This retrospective cohort study includes all 5,275 patients with newly diagnosed PsA from the largest health care provider in Israel between January 2003 and December 2018. Identified PsA patients were matched by age, sex, ethnicity, and index date with 21,011 controls without PsA from the same database. Both groups were followed through June 30, 2019 for the occurrence of VTE event. Cox proportional hazard regression models were used to assess the association between PsA and VTE. Results: PsA cohort consisted of 53.2% females with mean age of 51.7±15.4 Sixty-two patients (1.2%) were diagnosed with VTE in the PsA group and 176 patients (0.8%) in the control group (p=0.023, HR=1.40, 95% CI 1.05-1.87). However, there was no increased risk of VTE among PsA patients on multivariable analysis (p=0.16, HR=1.27, 95% CI 0.91-1.80). Within the PsA group, patients with VTE were more often of older age and with history of VTE. Conclusions: This study suggests that the increased risk of VTE in PsA patients appears to be related to the underlying comorbidities and not independently associated with PsA. Age and previous history of VTE were the only risk factors associated with increased risk of VTE in patients with PsA. Addressing VTE risk is recommended especially in the era of Janus kinase inhibitors.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number16
    JournalArthritis Research and Therapy
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1 Dec 2022


    • psoriasis
    • psoriatic arthritis
    • risk factors
    • spondyloarthropathy
    • venous thromboembolism

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Rheumatology
    • Immunology and Allergy
    • Immunology


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