Reiterís Syndrome

Reiterís syndrome is an arthritic condition most commonly affecting adult men. It usually first presents as urethritis (inflammation of the urethra, causing discomfort or pain on urination). Later features are conjunctivitis (sticky eyes) and arthritis (joint pain). Less common features are painless mouth ulcers and iritis.

60-90% of people with Reiterís syndrome are positive for B27.

Symptoms

Urethritis

Conjunctivitis

Arthritis

Painless mouth ulcers

Ulcers on palms and soles of feet

Iritis

Joint pain (ankles, feet, lower back)

Treatment

Antibiotics if there is any infection

Pain relief

Anti-inflammatory drugs

Course

Tends to come and go over the years

Cause

Genetic predisposition

May be triggered by exposure to microorganisms, eg. Chlamydia, Shigella, Yersinia, Salmonella, Campylobacter

Support groups

Reiter's Information and Support Group, USA

About.com has links to other Reiter's sites.

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