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The symptoms for enteropathic arthritis can basically be divided in two groups:

  1. The symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)
  2. The arthritic symptoms in the joints and possibly elsewhere in the body.

IBD Symptoms
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are the two types of IBD most commonly associated with enteropathic arthritis in spondylitis. Abdominal pain and bloody diarrhea are the most common symptoms of IBD. For more information regarding Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, please visit the Links to Additional Information page.

Arthritis Symptoms
Note that the arthritis symptoms may precede the IBD symptoms.

About one in five people with enteropathic arthritis will have inflammatory arthritis in one or more peripheral (limb) joints such as an arm or leg, although the lower limbs are more commonly affected. The severity of the peripheral arthritis normally coincides with the severity of the IBD, thus when diarrhea and abdominal pain are flaring, the peripheral arthritis tends to flare as well.

About one in six people with IBD also has spinal inflammation, although this inflammation is independent of the severity of the bowel disease symptoms. In many, this may just be arthritis in the sacroiliac (SI) joints, but in about five percent of people, the entire spine is involved, as it is in AS.

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