E. Coli in Person’s with Crohn’s Disease A Possible Cause of Arthritis: Research on E. coli IBS, IBD and Arthritis

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E. coli IBS, E. coli IBD – New Research on E. coli Arthritis

Researchers have identified a strain of E. coli they believe can trigger spondyloarthritis in persons with Crohn’s disease.  According to some estimates, Crohn’s disease affects about 800,000 Americans.  The researchers believe the E. col works as a sort of catalyst for an attack on the immune system, attacking both the bowels and the joints and tendons that are subject to spondyloarthritis.

Dr. Randy Longman, the lead scientist on the project, believes that understanding how this particular strain of E. coli works in causing spondyloarthritis in person’s with Crohn’s may lead to development of treatments for both conditions.  The research was conducted at the Jill Roberts Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Weill Cornell Medicine and the Jill Roberts Institute for Research in Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Weill Cornell Medicine, with microbiologists at Cornell University and rheumatologists at Hospital for Special Surgery.

The research included analysis of persons suffering Irritable Bowel Disease and analyzing fecal material.  Researchers found IgA-coated E. coli were abundant in fecal samples.

Connection Between Salmonella and Reactive Arthritis/ E. coli IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Well Documented

While distinct, this research is revealing a different part of what researchers have known for a while, that certain food borne pathogens have the ability to attack the immune system long after the acute phase of the infection is over.  While relatively rare (though as a salmonella lawyer these seem to be appearing with greater regularity), food borne illness can lead to IBS and IBD, problems people will suffer with for many years to come.  And in the case of salmonella, the link to reactive arthritis is well documented.

What is clear is that the human body is a complex, but singular, system.  Doctors who once investigated illnesses on their own are now seeing them in a much more interactive manner.

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