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Reiter's Syndrome

Reiter's syndrome (reactive arthritis) is a condition that may be triggered by a bacterial infection in the urinary or gastrointestinal tracts. It most often affects young men, although men of any age and women may also be affected.

Symptoms of Reiter's syndrome include:

  • Pain, swelling, and inflammation of the joints (arthritis), especially where the pelvis attaches to the spine (sacroiliac joint) and in the fingers, toes, and feet.
  • Inflammation of the eye (iritis).
  • Inflammation of the tube that carries urine out of the body (urethra). There may be discharge from the end of the penis (urethritis).
  • Discharge from the cervix.
  • Skin rash or small sores (ulcers), especially on the penis, on the soles of the feet, or in the mouth.

Several medicines can be used to treat Reiter's syndrome.

Last Revised: June 5, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics

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