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Types of Psoriatic ArthritisThere are several types of psoriatic arthritis. Symptoms will vary in nature and intensity based on which type of this arthritis a person has. The major types of psoriatic arthritis include:
- Asymmetric inflammatory arthritis
- Symmetric arthritis
- Psoriatic spondylitis
- Distal interphalangeal predominant
- Arthritis mutilans.
It is possible for a person to experience more than one type of psoriatic arthritis over time.
(Click Psoriatic Arthritis Symptoms for more information on the different types and what symptoms to expect with each type.)
Making a Diagnosis
In order to diagnose this condition, the healthcare provider will begin by asking a number of questions, then perform a physical exam looking for signs of psoriatic arthritis. If he or she suspects psoriatic arthritis, certain tests may be recommended. These tests may include blood tests and x-rays.
Before making a diagnosis, the healthcare provider will make sure you do not have other conditions that share similar symptoms with psoriatic arthritis. A few of these conditions include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Gout (also known as gouty arthritis)
- Fingernail or toenail fungus
- Reactive arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis.
(Click Psoriatic Arthritis Diagnosis for more information.)