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An arthropathy is a disease of a joint[1]. Arthritis is a form of arthropathy that involves inflammation of one or more joints,[2][3] while the term arthropathy may be used regardless of whether there is inflammation or not.

Spondylarthropathy is any form of arthropathy of the vertebral column.[4]


Arthralgia (joint pain) is a common but non-specific sign of arthropathy. Other signs may include:

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Arthropathy may also include joint conditions caused by physical trauma to joints, but is traditionally used to describe the following conditions:

Diagnosis can be done through x-ray


  1. ^ "arthropathy" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  2. ^ > arthritis in turn citing:
    • The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright 2000
    • The American Heritage Science Dictionary Copyright 2005
  3. ^ arthritis. Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 11th Edition. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  4. ^ citing:
  5. ^ 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.

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