Relevant laboratory tests and therapeutic monitoring in psoriasis

Aleksandra Florek, April W. Armstrong

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Although psoriasis does not require any diagnostic laboratory tests, physicians need to keep in mind the variety of laboratory studies for both screening as well as ongoing monitoring of psoriasis therapies. A multitude of laboratory tests exists to examine the safety of these therapies, including topical therapies, phototherapy, oral medications, and/or biologic agents. Knowledge of the available tests is important to screen vulnerable selected populations prior to initiating psoriasis treatment, such as pregnant women, immunocompromised patients, or patients with certain medical conditions. Screening labs are important in identifying these patients. Most importantly, familiarity with the available laboratory studies will ensure timely management of any anticipated side effects of the various psoriasis therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPsoriatic Arthritis and Psoriasis: Pathology and Clinical Aspects
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783319195308
ISBN (Print)9783319195292
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Laboratory markers
  • Laboratory tests
  • Psoriasis
  • Therapeutic monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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