Enteropathic arthritis

Enteropathic arthritis (EA) is a form of chronic, inflammatory arthritis associated with the occurrence of an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and is classified as a form of seronegative spondyloarthropathy.


Approximately 20% of people with Crohn disease or ulcerative colitis may develop enteropathic arthritis (ref required).


While EA has been classically described with ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease, other gastrointestinal diseases, such as Whipple diseaseceliac disease, and intestinal bypass surgery can also be associated with an enteropathic arthritis. It can also be rarely trigger by enteritis due to Salmonella, Shigella or Yersinia 7.


A least three forms of joint abnormalities are recognised in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases according to location 7:


Miscellaneous changes such as digital clubbing and hypertrophic osteoarthropathy can occur as associated manifestations.

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rID: 34060
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Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Enteropathic arthritis (EA)
  • Enteropathic spondyloarthritis
  • Enteropathic spondyloarthropathy
  • Enteropathic arthropathy

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    Case 2: sacroilietis with ulcerative colitis
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    Case 3: sacroilieitis with ulcerative colitis
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