Current Gastroenterology Reports

, Volume 13, Issue 3, pp 271–278 | Cite as

Exploring the Differential Diagnosis of Joint Complaints in Pediatric Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Jennifer Dotson
  • Wallace Crandall
  • Sharon Bout-Tabaku


About one quarter of children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) experience an extraintestinal manifestation, with the most common being arthritis or arthralgia. Because of the frequency of these joint complaints and their effect on quality of life, it is important to consider all possible etiologies in order to promptly evaluate, diagnose, and possibly refer to other specialists. Pediatric gastroenterologist and IBD specialists are cognizant of the extraintestinal joint manifestations, but may be less familiar with rheumatic disease and the musculoskeletal examination. We explore the differential diagnosis of joint complaints in children, with a focus on IBD-related disease and rheumatic disease.


Pediatric Inflammatory bowel disease Arthritis Arthralgia Rheumatology Differential diagnosis Evaluation Joint Extraintestinal manifestations IBD arthropathy Musculoskeletal pain Orthopedic 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer Dotson
    • 1
  • Wallace Crandall
    • 1
  • Sharon Bout-Tabaku
    • 2
  1. 1.Division of Pediatric GastroenterologyNationwide Children’s HospitalColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Division of RheumatologyNationwide Children’s HospitalColumbusUSA

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