Enteropathic arthritis is a form of chronic inflammatory arthritis that is associated with the occurrence of inflammatory bowel disease; the two best-known types of which are ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. About one in five people with Crohn's or ulcerative colitis will develop enteropathic arthritis.
The most common areas affected by enteropathic arthritis are inflammation of the limb joints. In some cases the entire spine can be affected as well. The irritated bowel component of the diseases causes the abdominal pain and possibly diarrhea, which usually preceeds the arthritis component by several years.
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