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arthropathy, arthropathy meaning
An arthropathy is a disease of a joint1


Arthritis is a form of arthropathy that involves inflammation of one or more joints,23 while the term arthropathy may be used regardless of whether there is inflammation or not

Spondylarthropathy is any form of arthropathy of the vertebral column4

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

  • Reactive arthropathy M02-M03 is caused by an infection, but not a direct infection of the synovial space See also Reactive arthritis
  • Enteropathic arthropathy M07 is caused by colitis and related conditions
  • Crystal arthropathy also known as crystal arthritis M10-M11 involves the deposition of crystals in the joint
    • In gout, the crystal is uric acid
    • In pseudogout/chondrocalcinosis/calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease, the crystal is calcium pyrophosphate
  • Diabetic arthropathy M142, E10-E14 is caused by diabetes
  • Neuropathic arthropathy M146 is associated with a loss of sensation


  1. ^ "arthropathy" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  2. ^ thefreedictionarycom > 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 CollinsDictionarycom Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 11th Edition Retrieved November 23, 2012
  4. ^ thefreedictionarycom/spondyloarthropathy citing:
    • Mosby's Medical Dictionary, 8th edition © 2009
    • Miller-Keane Encyclopedia & Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition © 2003
    • Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, 3 ed © 2007

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