What are common extraintestinal complaints in ulcerative colitis?

Updated: Oct 02, 2017
  • Author: David A Piccoli, MD; Chief Editor: Carmen Cuffari, MD  more...
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Arthralgias and arthritis are among the most common extraintestinal complaints in UC. The presence of ankylosing spondylitis is more consistent with CD than with UC. Pubertal development may be delayed or arrested in active UC. Aphthous stomatitis is often present during the initial attack or relapse of UC. Renal calculi develop in 6% of patients, mainly as uric acid in UC and as oxalate in CD. Ophthalmic complications (eg, uveitis, iritis, and episcleritis) may be a sign of IBD or secondary to corticosteroid therapy in patients treated for IBD.


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