Pocket Guide to IBD, Second Edition

Marla Dubinsky, MD; Sonia Friedman, MD

Chapter 4: Extraintestinal Manifestations (continued)

Ellen J. Scherl, MD

Extraintestinal manifestations of IBD occur frequently. Disorders involving practically all organ systems have been reported. Arthralgias, or joint pains, in the IBD patient can be due to a variety of conditions, and treatment depends on the underlying etiology. • Active IBD • Osteoarthritis • Tendonitis • Secondary inflammatory arthritis • Fracture Are the joints red, warm, or otherwise “inflamed”? • Red, warm, inflamed joints could signal true inflammation versus the simple arthralgia that typically accompanies active IBD. How…