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SPOTLIGHT ON PSORIASIS
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 299-305

Metabolic syndrome and skin: Psoriasis and beyond


Department of Dermatology and Venereology, VSS Medical College, Sambalpur, Odisha, India

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Tanmay Padhi
Department of Dermatology and Venereology, VSS Medical College, Sambalpur, Odisha
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.113950

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Metabolic syndrome (Met S) is a clustering of risk factors comprising of abdominal obesity, dyslipidemia, elevated blood pressure, and abnormal glucose tolerance. The prevalence of Met S has been increasing in the last few years throughout the world. Psoriasis has consistently been associated with Met S as well as its various components. However, the association is no longer limited to psoriasis alone. Various dermatological conditions such as lichen planus, androgenetic alopecia, systemic lupus erythematosus, skin tags, acanthosis nigricans, and even cutaneous malignancies have also been found to be associated with this syndrome. Though chronic inflammation is thought to be the bridging link, the role of oxidative stress and endocrine abnormalities has recently been proposed in bringing them together.


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