Psoriasis is associated with increased risk for serious infection, according to the results of cohort study data published in the British Journal of Dermatology. During 5 years of follow-up, patients with psoriasis were more often hospitalized for infections than individuals without psoriasis.

Investigators conducted a cohort study of adults (≥18 years) with and without psoriasis using the United Kingdom Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). CPRD data were linked to hospital and mortality records in the United Kingdom for the years 2003 to 2016. Patients with psoriasis were matched with up to 6 control patients by age, sex, and place of clinical care.