Reiter's Syndrome

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Other Names :  

Reactive arthritis, Reiter's disease

What is Reiter's Syndrome ?  

Reiter syndrome is a chronic type of arthritis which exists as a combination of arthritis, inflammation of the eyes (conjunctiva) and inflammation of the genital, urinary or gastrointestinal systems.

Cause(s) :  
  • Reaction to infection in another part of the body, usually the knees, ankles, spine and feet
  • Sexually transmitted disease can be a trigger
  • Genetic mutation
Symptoms :  
  • Arthritis symptoms: Pain, swelling, redness and stiffness of joints, usually involving
  • Conjunctivitis: Mild inflammation of the eye
  • Uveitis (inflammation of the eye)
  • Pain or burning during urination and frequent urge to urinate due to urinary tract infection, may include inflammation of prostate or cervix
  • Painless ulcers on penis and pus drainage from penis
  • Pus-filled sores on palms, mouth, soles and penis
  • Small nodule rashes on soles of feet
  • Heart problems seen in about 10% of persons affected with Reiter syndrome
Diagnosis and Tests :  
  • Blood tests
  • X-ray of the affected joints
  • Tests for sexually transmitted diseases
  • Eye tests
Specialist to consult :  Orthopedics

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