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Reiter's Syndrome

Alternate Names : Reactive Arthritis

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

Reiter's syndrome is a condition that causes arthritis in people who are genetically susceptible. It may also affect the eyes and the urethra, the tube that drains urine from the bladder.

What is going on in the body?

Reiter's syndrome refers to a condition in which a person develops acute arthritis in response to an infection. The affected joints involved in the arthritis do not contain infection. The immune system causes inflammation of the joints in response to an infection in a person with Reiter's syndrome. Reiter's syndrome may be seen following many different infections, including:

  • sexually transmitted disease, such as chlamydia infection or HIV
  • urinary tract infection
  • intestinal infection, such as food poisoning known as salmonellosis
  • What are the causes and risks of the condition?

    For unknown reasons, certain people are genetically susceptible to Reiter's syndrome. Eighty percent of the people with Reiter's syndrome have a gene known as HLA-B27. These individuals are at risk for Reiter's syndrome following an infection with certain bacteria or viruses, including:

  • campylobacter
  • chlamydia
  • HIV
  • salmonella
  • shigella
  • Reiter's syndrome is most commonly seen in men between the ages of 20 and 40 years. While women can develop the condition, they usually have milder symptoms than the men do.


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    Reiter's Syndrome: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Bill Harrison, MD
    Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
    Date Reviewed: 08/06/01

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