Rheumatology clinic

An approach to reactive arthritis

Jane Zochling, Rodger Laurent

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Abstract

Reactive arthritis has a wide spectrum of clinical features but fortunately most cases are relatively mild. Dr Zochling and Dr Laurent present their approach to dealing with this common rheumatological problem.

Article Extract

Reactive arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis that begins 10 to 14 days after an enteric or genital infection. It is different to a septic arthritis in that viable organisms are not present in the joint. Reiter’s syndrome, which consists of the triad of arthritis, conjunctivitis and urethritis, is best considered to be a subset of reactive arthritis with more severe disease.

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