P653 Rheumatic extraintestinal manifestations in ulcerative colitis : Prevalence and predictive factors

mtir, M.(1);cherif, D.(1);kchir, H.(1);hassine, H.(1);maamouri, N.(1);

(1)Hôpital la Rabta, gastro-enterology B, tunis, Tunisia


Ulcerative colitis (UC) are an inflammatory condition affecting the gastrointestinal tract. They are considered as chronic disease with complex genetic, immune and environmental components. UC are not exclusive to the gastrointestinal system as they have been identified to be associated with extraintestinal manifestations (EIM) that encompass every other organ in the human body including musculoskeletal system.
The aim of this study was to evaluate the prevalence and predictive factors of rheumatic EIM among patients with UC.


We carried out a retrospective study from January 2000 to December 2018 including all patients with UC. A complete rheumatologic examination, osteodensitometry,lumbosacral and sacroiliac X-rays were performed.The variables retrospectively analyzed were: gender, age,habits, location and extension of the disease, biochemical markers, other EIM, and previous immunosuppressive therapy. We investigated associations between rheumatic manifestations and clinical and biological criteria.


Seventy eight patients were included in our study with an average age of 47,56 years [24-85 years]. Sex ratio M/F 0,85.
Rheumatic manifestations of any type were present in 42,3%(33 of 78). Peripheral arthritis were observed in 3,8%. Axial involvement including sacroiliitis (SI), with or without spondylitis was noticed in 8,97%. Bone mineral loss was present in 25,6% with 13 cases of osteopenia and 7 cases of osteoporosis. Three patients (3,8%) had an association of SI and osteoporosis. No cases of enthesopathy have been reported.
Otherwise, univariate and multivariate logistic regression methods testing for each predictor and their possible association with rheumatic manifestations among UC had shown a decreased risk for rheumatic manifestations with an age over 40 years (p=0,018), an hepatobiliary disorders such as the presence of hepatic cytolysis (p=0,034) and cholestasis (p=0,017) , the coexistence of dermatologic EIM (p=0,048).
Forms complicated with an acute severe ulcerative colitis are likely to be correlated with rheumatologic manifestations (p=0,039) but location and extension of the disease had not shown any significant association.
And finally, patients who underwent systemic corticosteroid treatment were highly associated with a decreased risk for rheumatic manifestations (p=0,044).


Predictive factors involved in the occurrence of rheumatic manifestations are: an advanced age, presence of other EIM, severe forms and the use of steroid. Regular screening for EIM and early use of biological therapies may prevent the development of musculoskeletal involvement . Medical care for patients with UC should be multidisciplinary involving the coordination between rheumatologists and gastroenterologists .