This video forms part of a 7-part video series on Understanding Psoriasis.
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TRANSCRIPT: Of people with psoriasis, 11 to 40 percent also develop arthritis, typically between the ages of 20 and 50. Called psoriatic arthritis, this condition causes joint stiffness in the morning, along with inflammation and pain in the fingers and spine. Pink scales also appear on the knees, elbows, lower back, and chest. If the condition is left untreated, it can cause permanent damage to the joints. A recent study indicated that people with severe cases of psoriasis are more likely to develop other serious complications, including depression, obesity, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, cancer, and immune-related conditions, such as Crohn's disease.
Psoriasis is a skin disorder driven by the immune system, involving a type of white blood cell called a 'T cell'. Normally, T cells help protect the body against infection and disease. In the case of psoriasis, T cells become so active that they trigger other immune responses, which lead to inflammation and to rapid turnover of skin cells. In many cases, there is a family history of psoriasis. Researchers have studied a large number of families affected by psoriasis and identified genes linked to the disease. Genes govern every bodily function, determining the traits passed from parent to child.
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