With inflammation at the center of its pathophysiology, it is not surprising that psoriasis is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

A study has found that children with psoriasis are higher risk than those without it to develop comorbidities. Children who are obese are at significantly higher risk than those with psoriasis alone for developing other comorbidities.

Study results suggest that the incidence of Merkel cell carcinoma (MCC) appears to be increasing dramatically in the United States. With an aging population and MCC disproportionately affected older adults, incidence rates are project to climb even faster in coming years.

This course discusses the risk of elevated lipid levels, hypertension, metabolic syndrome, polycystic ovarian syndrome, diabetes, nonalcoholic liver disease, and elevated liver enzyme levels in children with and without psoriasis, as well as the relative contribution of obesity to the risk of developing comorbidities in children with and without psoriasis.