Background: Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition. It impacts patients both physically and psychologically. Fatigue may be an early symptom of PsA, which impairs quality of life.
Objectives: To assess serum IL-17, fatigue, quality of life and function impairment in PsA patients and to correlate them with clinical disease activity.
Methods: 80 consecutive PsA patients were included. Fatigue assessed by Functional Assessment of Chronic Illness Therapy-Fatigue. Quality of life assessed by Psoriatic Arthritis Quality of Life. Functional capacity assessed by health assessment questionnaire. Disease activity assessed by Disease Activity in Psoriatic Arthritis. Serum IL-17 measured by ELISA.
Results: There was significant difference in FACIT-F, PsAQOL, and HAQ (p<0.001) in different disease activity subgroups. There was statistically significant correlation of disease duration with disease activity, fatigue, reduced function capacity, and quality of life impairment (p≤0.05), while no correlation with the patients’ age. There was statistically significant correlation between FACIT-F, PsAQOL, HAQ, and DAPSA scores (p<0.001). Serum IL-17 was significantly correlated with clinical parameters of disease activity, fatigue, function, and quality of life impairment (p≤0.05).
Conclusion: Fatigue is a common clinical symptom in psoriatic arthritis patients. it is significantly associated with IL17, quality of life, functional impairment and disease activity.
Keywords: IL-17; disease activity; fatigue; psoriatic arthritis; quality of life.