The prevalence and incidence of peripheral arthritis in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, a prospective population-based study (the IBSEN study)

Rheumatology (Oxford). 2001 Nov;40(11):1256-61. doi: 10.1093/rheumatology/40.11.1256.


Objectives: To estimate the occurrence of peripheral arthritis (PA) 6 yr after diagnosis of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Methods: In a population-based cohort of 654 patients with a definite diagnosis of IBD, 521 patients (80%) were clinically examined by a rheumatologist 6 yr after IBD diagnosis.

Results: PA related to IBD (PAIBD) was detected at examination in four patients (point prevalence 0.8%). If the patients' own reports of PA were accepted, 12% of the cases had developed such manifestations. The striking difference may be explained by the nature of PAIBD exhibiting a short-lasting, self-limiting, non-destructive course and by possible differences in the validity of both methods of ascertainment.

Conclusion: Our results indicate that PAIBD occurs in a considerable number of IBD patients during the first years after diagnosis, but the point prevalence of PAIBD is low.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arthritis / epidemiology*
  • Colitis, Ulcerative / epidemiology*
  • Crohn Disease / epidemiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Incidence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Prospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires