Reactive Arthritis Information

Also known as Reiter's syndrome or seronegative spondyloarthropathy, reactive arthritis is a form of arthritis that occurs as a reaction to an infection elsewhere in the body. Although the exact cause is unknown, it's clear that the condition can occur following an infection in the digestive tract or urogenital tract.
 
In addition to its characteristic symptom of joint inflammation, reactive arthritis is associated with two other symptoms:
 
  • Redness and inflammation of the eyes (conjunctivitis)
  • Inflammation of the urinary tract (urethritis).
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These symptoms may occur alone, together, or not at all. Symptoms usually last 3 to 12 months, although they can return or develop into a long-term disease in a small percentage of people. There is no cure; however, certain medications (such as antibiotics or corticosteroids) may be helpful.
 
(For more information on this topic, including details on other conditions that share similar symptoms, click Reactive Arthritis.)
 

Reactive Arthritis Information

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