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
Symptoms of reactive arthritis 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
Inflammation of the tube that carries urine out of the
body (urethra). There may be discharge from the end of the penis
Discharge from the cervix.
Skin rash or small sores (ulcers), especially on the penis,
on the soles of the feet, or in the mouth.
Several medicines can be used to treat reactive arthritis.
Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
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