IBD is associated with a range of extra-Intestinal manifestations that may be the initial symptoms of IBD.  Up to 36 percent of patients with IBD have at least one EIM. 


Some of the most common EIMs include:


Arthritis is the term for a family of disease that causes your joints, such as elbows or knees, to swell and become stiff and painful.  There are different kinds of arthritis that occur.


Skin from the tips of your toes to the top of your head, can also be affected with various diseases and symptoms like dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), painful bumps, and skin lesions (skin that looks weird or is growing at an abnormal rate), etc.


Biliary tract refers to the liver gall bladder and bile ducts. Symptoms depend on the area of the biliary tract affected, and can include jaundice, fatigue, fever, vomiting, fat in stool, etc.


Eyes can also be affected.  Uveitis is probably the common EIM of IBD and is commonly associated with joint symptoms. The reported incidence is 4-12 percent in both CD and UC.[1]

They may become painful to the touch, they may be itchy, or you may find you can’t see as well and what you see is blurry. 


[1] Langholtz E. Current trends in inflammatory bowel disease: the natural history. There Adv Gastroenterol 2010;312:77-86.