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What is Reiterís syndrome?

What is Reiterís syndrome?

Reiter's syndrome is a rare type of arthritis that causes inflammation of the urinary tract, eyes, skin, mucus membranes, and joints. ...more »

  • Reiterís syndrome: A form of reactive arthritis characterized by arthritis, urethritis, conjunctivitis and skin lesions.
  • Reiterís syndrome: A triad of nongonococcal urethritis followed by conjunctivitis and arthritis, of unknown etiology.
    Source - Diseases Database

Reiterís syndrome is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Reiterís syndrome, or a subtype of Reiterís syndrome, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Reiterís syndrome: Introduction

Types of Reiterís syndrome:

Types of Reiterís syndrome:

  • Urogenital Reiterís syndrome
  • Gastrointestinal Reiterís syndrome
  • Dysenteric Reiterís syndrome
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Broader types of Reiterís syndrome:

How many people get Reiterís syndrome?

Incidence (annual) of Reiterís syndrome: 3.5 per 100,000 men under age 50 get Reiterís syndrome each year
Incidence Rate of Reiterís syndrome: approx 1 in 57,142 or 0.00% or 4,760 people in USA [about data]
Prevalance of Reiterís syndrome: Among men under age 50, about 3.5 per 100,000 develop Reiterís syndrome each year. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Reiter's Syndrome: NIAMS)

Who gets Reiterís syndrome?

Patient Profile for Reiterís syndrome: Mostly teens and young adults

Profile for Reiterís syndrome: Men between the ages of 20 and 40 are most likely to develop Reiterís syndrome. It is the most common type of arthritis affecting young men. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Reiter's Syndrome: NIAMS)

Gender Profile for Reiterís syndrome: Women less often than men and usually milder forms.

Gender Ratio for Reiterís syndrome: male predominance

Gender Profile for Reiterís syndrome: Three percent of all men with a sexually transmitted disease develop Reiterís syndrome. Women can also develop the disorder, though less often than men, with features that are often milder and more subtle. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Reiter's Syndrome: NIAMS)

How serious is Reiterís syndrome?

Complications of Reiterís syndrome: see complications of Reiterís syndrome
Prognosis of Reiterís syndrome: Most people with Reiterís syndrome recover fully from the initial flare of symptoms and are able to return to regular activities within 2 to 6 months after the first symptoms appear. Arthritis may last up to 6 months, although the symptoms are usually very mild and do not interfere with daily activities. Only 20 percent of people with Reiterís syndrome will have chronic arthritis, which is usually mild. Some patients experience symptom recurrence. Studies show that about 15 to 50 percent of patients will develop symptoms sometime after the initial flare has disappeared. Back pain and arthritis are the symptoms that most commonly reappear. A small percentage of patients will have deforming arthritis and severe symptoms that are difficult to control with treatment. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Reiter's Syndrome: NIAMS)

What causes Reiterís syndrome?

Causes of Reiterís syndrome: see causes of Reiterís syndrome

What are the symptoms of Reiterís syndrome?

Symptoms of Reiterís syndrome: see symptoms of Reiterís syndrome

Complications of Reiterís syndrome: see complications of Reiterís syndrome

Incubation period for Reiterís syndrome: 1-3 weeks after an infection

Incubation period for Reiterís syndrome: When a preceding infection is recognized, symptoms of Reiterís syndrome appear about 1 to 3 weeks after the infection. (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Reiter's Syndrome: NIAMS)

Onset of Reiterís syndrome: 2nd-4th decade

Can anyone else get Reiterís syndrome?

Contagion of Reiterís syndrome: Not contagious, despite often being caused by a contagious infection.
More information: see contagiousness of Reiterís syndrome

Reiterís syndrome: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Reiterís syndrome.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Reiterís syndrome.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Reiterís syndrome: Rheumatologist, Ophthalmologist, Gynecologist, Urologist, Dermatologist, Orthopaedist, Urologist, Rheumatologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Reiterís syndrome.
Treatments for Reiterís syndrome: see treatments for Reiterís syndrome
Research for Reiterís syndrome: see research for Reiterís syndrome

Organs Affected by Reiterís syndrome:

Organs and body systems related to Reiterís syndrome include:

Name and Aliases of Reiterís syndrome

Main name of condition: Reiterís syndrome

Other names or spellings for Reiterís syndrome:

RS, Fiessinger-Leroy-Reiter syndrome, Ruhr syndrome, Waelsch syndrome, blennorrheal idiopathic arthritis, arthritis urethritica, venereal arthritis, Reactive arthritis

Urethro-oculoarticular syndrome Source - Diseases Database

Arthritis Urethritica, Polyarthritis Enterica, Blennorrheal Idiopathic Arthritis, Venereal Arthritis, Conjunctivo-Urethro-Synovial Syndrome, Feissinger-Leroy-Reiter Syndrome, Waelsch's Syndrome, Reactive arthritis
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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