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Reiter's Syndrome

What is Reiter's Syndrome?

Reiter's syndrome is a condition characterized by inflammation throughout the body, particularly in parts of the spine and at other joints where tendons attach to bones.

Reiter's syndrome is a group of symptoms consisting of arthritis, inflammation of the urethra, conjunctivitis, and lesions of the skin and mucous membranes. Reiter's syndrome is rare in younger children, but may occur in adolescents.

Reiter's syndrome is also called reactive arthritis and seronegative spondyloarthropathy. Reactive arthritis means that the arthritis occurs as a "reaction" to an infection that started elsewhere in the body.

Reiter's syndrome is not contagious. A person with Reiter's syndrome cannot pass it to somebody else.

What Causes Reiter's Syndrome?

The exact cause of Reiter's Syndrome is unknown. It occurs most commonly in men before the age of 40. It may follow an infection with Chlamydia, Campylobacter, Salmonella, or Yersinia.

Symptom of Reiter's Syndrome   

The most common symptoms of Reiter's Syndrome are:

  • urgent need to urinate
  • urethral discharge
  • burning or stinging on urination
  • redness of the eye
  • discharge from the eye
  • burning eye pain
  • joint pain
  • low back pain
  • heel pain
  • Achilles tendon pain
  • small, painless ulcers in the mouth, tongue, and glans penis
  • skin lesions on the palms and soles

Can Reiter's Syndrome be Treated?

Reiter's Syndrome can be treated . The objective of treatment is to alleviate the symptoms associated with the syndrome and to treat any underlying infection.

Infection can be treated with antibiotics. Arthritis can be treated with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDS) and pain relievers. Physical therapy exercises is helpful in relieving pain, maintaining mobility of the affected joints, and maintaining muscular strength.

Complications of Reiter's Syndrome

Some common complications of Reiter's Syndrome are:

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