Enteropathic Arthritis or Arthritis associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease is a type of arthritis that can develop in people with an inflammatory bowel disease such as ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.
Enteropathic Arthritis usually affects the joints of the lower limbs and the spine but any joint can be affected. It can also cause debilitating body aches similar to a disease called fibromyalgia. The specific symptoms of Enteropathic Arthritis vary from person to person. Not all people who have an inflammatory bowel disease will get Enteropathic Arthritis.
Some with Enteropathic Arthritis experience a flare of joint pain around the same time that their bowel disease flares. In others the arthritis is not associated with flares of bowel disease.
Who Gets Enteropathic Arthritis
Enteropathic arthritis typically affects younger people between 15 and 40 years of age, but older people can get it, too. It affects men and women equally. It is more common in people of Jewish descent. Smoking is a known risk factor for both Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Enteropathic Arthritis.