Clinical and histologic diagnostic guidelines for psoriasis: A critical review

Mary Ann N Johnson, April W. Armstrong

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Psoriasis is a common inflammatory skin disease that is associated with joint, psychiatric, and cardiovascular comorbidities. Diagnosis of plaque psoriasis is dependent primarily on characteristic physical findings and history. Given the varied clinical presentations of psoriasis and its mimicry to other papulosquamous skin diseases, it may be difficult for nondermatologists to diagnose psoriasis. Currently, no diagnostic criteria for plaque psoriasis have been validated in clinical studies. In this paper, we provide diagnostic guidelines for the nondermatologist to aid them in recognizing psoriasis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)166-172
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Reviews in Allergy and Immunology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2013


  • Diagnosis
  • Diagnostic criteria
  • Histopathology
  • Psoriasis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy


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