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Other namesJoint disease
Bone erosions from rheumatoid arthritis.[1]

An arthropathy is a disease of a joint.[2]


Arthritis is a form of arthropathy that involves inflammation of one or more joints,[3][4] while the term arthropathy may be used regardless of whether there is inflammation or not.

Joint diseases can be classified as follows:[citation needed]

  • Noninfectious arthritis

With arthropathy in the name[edit]

Spondylarthropathy is any form of arthropathy of the vertebral column.[5]

Signs and symptoms[edit]

Joint pain is a common but non-specific sign of joint disease. Signs will depend on the specific disease, and may even then vary. Common signs may include:[citation needed]


Diagnosis may be a combination of medical history, physical examination, blood tests and medical imaging (generally X-ray initially).[citation needed]



  1. ^ Ideguchi, Haruko; Ohno, Shigeru; Hattori, Hideaki; Senuma, Akiko; Ishigatsubo, Yoshiaki (2006). "Bone erosions in rheumatoid arthritis can be repaired through reduction in disease activity with conventional disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs". Arthritis Research & Therapy. 8 (3): R76. doi:10.1186/ar1943. ISSN 1478-6354. PMC 1526642. PMID 16646983.
  2. ^ "arthropathy" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  3. ^ "arthritis". March 2, 2019. Retrieved October 30, 2023.
  4. ^ Youngson, Dr. Robert (December 20, 2017). "ARTHRITIS definition and meaning". Collins English Dictionary. Retrieved October 30, 2023.
  5. ^ "Spondyloarthropathy". December 15, 2008. Retrieved October 30, 2023.

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