An overview of reactive arthritis

Megan Pennisi, Jacqueline Perdue, Tessa Roulston, Joyce Nicholas, Eric Schmidt, Jenna Rolfs
JAAPA: Official Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants 2019, 32 (7): 25-28
Reactive arthritis, also known as Reiter syndrome, is a spondyloarthropathy that typically follows a urogenital or gastrointestinal infection, and is characterized by conjunctivitis, urethritis, and arthritis. The frequency of reactive arthritis in the United States is estimated at 3.5 to 5 patients per 100,000. Physician assistants (PAs) can manage the condition; therefore, they should be familiar with the disease's signs and symptoms, diagnostic criteria, and treatment regimens. Without proper management, reactive arthritis can progress to a chronic destructive arthritis. Prompt recognition of the condition is key to early intervention and a better patient outcome with fewer complications.

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