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Reactive Arthritis Overview

Another name for Reactive Arthritis is Reiter's Syndrome.

What is Reiter's syndrome?
A person with Reiter's syndrome has inflammation of the joints, conjunctiva, skin and urethra. The cause for Reiter's syndrome is unknown. Reiter's syndrome tends to occur after a person has had an intestinal infection or sexually transmitted disease. Reiter's syndrome is more common in males than females.

What are the symptoms of Reiter's syndrome?
Symptoms of Reiter's syndrome include joint pains, joint swelling, pain during urination, eye redness, eye pain, sore throat, rash, mouth lesions, penile ulcers, or vaginal sores.

How does the doctor treat Reiter's syndrome?
Treatment of Reiter's syndrome may include antibiotics, oral corticosteroid medications, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Aug 30, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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