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X-ray of right fourth PIP joint with bone erosions by rheumatoid arthritis.jpg
Bone erosions from rheumatoid arthritis.[1]

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

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:


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


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:

  • Noninfectious arthritis

With arthropathy in the name[edit]

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


  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 in turn citing:
    • The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright 2000
    • The American Heritage Science Dictionary Copyright 2005
  4. ^ arthritis. Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 11th Edition. Retrieved November 23, 2012.
  5. ^ citing:

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