Bowel-associated dermatosis - arthritis syndrome in a patient with ulcerative colitis: an extraintestinal manifestation of inflammatory bowel disease

Clin J Gastroenterol. 2014 Oct;7(5):410-3. doi: 10.1007/s12328-014-0529-8. Epub 2014 Sep 19.


Bowel-associated dermatosis - arthritis syndrome (BADAS) is a neutrophilic dermatosis characterized by cutaneous lesions that begin as erythematous macules and progress to vesiculopustular eruptions. It has been described in patients with inflammatory bowel disease as well as those who have undergone various intestinal surgeries. Pathologically, the lesions show features of vasculitis without fibrinoid necrosis. In a patient with diagnosed inflammatory bowel disease, these neutrophilic dermatoses should be viewed as external signals of bowel inflammation. Management requires long-term treatment of the underlying disease. We report a case of BADAS in a patient with ulcerative colitis in which the skin lesions were associated with increased colonic inflammation.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis / etiology*
  • Colitis, Ulcerative / complications*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / complications*
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Middle Aged
  • Skin Diseases / etiology*
  • Syndrome