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Can psoriatic arthritis lead to hepatitis?

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Dr. Noble Zachariah

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Posted on Wed, 10 Oct 2018 in General Health
Question: I have psoriatic arthritis. Can that cause hepatatitis to surface? Also I am a recently retired RN who graduated a long time ago: :1969! My rheumatologist requested a routine blood test and I am concerned.
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Answered by Dr. Noble Zachariah 1 hour later
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Hello,

If you are on a DMARD (Disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug), it can produce an elevation of liver enzymes and hepatitis.

Concurrent use of NSAID, alcohol, NAFLD and diabetes increase the risk.

Dormant hepatitis B or C can flare up with the use of immunosuppressant medication.

Do get back to me if you have further queries.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

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Dr Noble Zachariah, Internal Medicine Specialist
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