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, if it is affecting a woman.
- Skin rash or small sores (ulcers), especially on the penis, on the soles of the feet, or in the mouth.
A number of different medicines can be used to treat Reiter's syndrome.
|Primary Medical Reviewer||John Pope, MD - Pediatrics|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Stanford M. Shoor, MD - Rheumatology|
|Last Revised||June 11, 2010|