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Arthritis, Enteropathic

DSCN4748aWhat Is Enteropathic Arthritis?

Enteropathic arthritis is a form of inflammatory arthritis characterized by peripheral joint disease that also involves the attachments sites for tendons at joints, called entheses, and is characterized by joint stiffness, swelling and loss of motion.

Q: How is enteropathic arthritis classified?

A: Enteropathic arthritis is a form of arthritis classified as one of the group of seronegative spondyloarthropathies, which also includes psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis, and idiopathic ankylosing spondylitis.

Enteropathic arthritis is associated with the chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, ulcerative colitis, and Crohn’s disease.  Joint involvement also occurs with other gastrointestinal diseases such as Whipple’s disease, celiac disease, and following intestinal bypass surgery for morbid obesity.1

What Is Enteropathic Arthritis In Celiac Disease and/or Gluten Sensitivity?


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  1. Holden W, Orchard T, Wordsworth P. Enteropathic arthritis. Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America. Aug 2003;29(3):513-30,viii. []