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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

dermatology

Advisor

Dr. Tom Colletti

Abstract

Psoriasis is a chronic, autoimmune inflammatory disease that triggers uncontrolled keratinocyte proliferation, neovascularization, and epidermal hyperplasia. If left untreated, patient’s physical appearance perpetuates emotional stress and anxiety, which necessitates prompt identification in the primary care setting. The decision on specific medical treatment is multifaceted depending on the severity of affected surface area on the patient. This article will review the common etiologies, pathophysiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care of psoriasis patients.

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