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Signs of Reiterís syndrome

Symptoms of Reiterís syndrome

The list of medical symptoms mentioned in various sources for Reiterís syndrome may include:

Note that Reiterís syndrome symptoms usually refers to various medical symptoms known to a patient, but the phrase Reiterís syndrome signs may often refer to those signs that are only noticable by a doctor.

Signs or Symptoms of Reiterís syndrome:

The symptoms can affect many different parts of the body, but most typically affect the urogenital tract, the joints, and the eyes. Less common symptoms are mouth ulcers, skin rashes, and heart-valve problems. The signs may be so mild that patients do not notice them. They usually come and go over a period of several weeks to several months.

Urogenital Tract Symptoms

Reiterís syndrome often affects the urogenital tract, including the prostate, urethra, and penis in men and the fallopian tubes, uterus, and vagina in women. Men may notice an increased need to urinate, a burning sensation when urinating, and a discharge from the penis. Some men with Reiterís syndrome develop prostatitis, inflammation of the prostate gland. Symptoms of prostatitis can include fever, chills, increased need to urinate, and a burning sensation when urinating.

Women with Reiterís syndrome also develop signs in the urogenital tract, such as inflammation of the cervix (cervicitis) or inflammation of the urethra (urethritis), which can cause a burning sensation during urination. In addition, some women also develop salpingitis (inflammation of the fallopian tubes) or vulvovaginitis (inflammation of the vulva and vagina). These conditions may or may not cause any symptoms.

Joint Symptoms or Arthritis

The arthritis associated with Reiterís syndrome typically affects the knees, ankles, and feet, causing pain and swelling. Wrists, fingers, and other joints are less often affected. Patients with Reiterís syndrome commonly develop inflammation where the tendon attaches to the bone, a condition called enthesopathy. Enthesopathy may result in heel pain and the shortening and thickening of fingers and toes. Some people with Reiterís syndrome also develop heel spurs, bony growths in the heel that cause chronic or long-lasting foot pain.

Arthritis in Reiterís syndrome can also affect the joints in the back and cause spondylitis (inflammation of the vertebrae in the spinal column) or sacroiliitis (sa-kro-il-e-i-tes), inflammation of the joints in the lower back that connect the spine to the pelvis. People with Reiterís syndrome who have the HLAĖB27 gene have a greater chance of developing sacroiliitis and spondylitis.

Eye Involvement

Conjunctivitis, an inflammation of the mucous membrane that covers the eyeball and eyelid, develops in about 50 percent of people with urogenital Reiterís syndrome and 75 percent of people with enteric Reiterís syndrome. A few people may develop uveitis, an inflammation of the inner eye. Conjunctivitis and uveitis can cause redness of the eyes, eye pain and irritation, and blurred vision. Eye involvement typically occurs early in the course of Reiterís syndrome, and symptoms may come and go.

Other Symptoms

About 20 to 40 percent of men with Reiterís syndrome develop small, shallow, painless sores or lesions, called balanitis circinata, on the end of the penis. A small percentage of men and women develop rashes of small hard nodules on the soles of the feet, and less often on the palms of the hands or elsewhere. These rashes are called keratoderma blennorrhagica. In addition, some people with Reiterís syndrome develop mouth ulcers that come and go. In some cases, these ulcers are painless and go unnoticed.

About 10 percent of people with Reiterís syndrome, usually those with prolonged disease, develop heart problems including aortic regurgitation (leakage of blood from the aorta into the heart chamber) and pericarditis (inflammation of the membrane that covers and protects the heart). (Source: excerpt from Questions and Answers About Reiter's Syndrome: NIAMS)

More Symptoms of Reiterís syndrome:

More detailed symptom information may be found on the symptoms of Reiterís syndrome article. In addition to the above medical information, to get a full picture of the possible signs or symptoms of this condition and also possibly the signs and symptoms of its related medical conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by:

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What are the signs of Reiterís syndrome?

The phrase "signs of Reiterís syndrome" should, strictly speaking, refer only to those signs and symptoms of Reiterís syndrome that are not readily apparent to the patient. The word "symptoms of Reiterís syndrome" is the more general meaning; see symptoms of Reiterís syndrome.

The signs and symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible signs and symptoms of Reiterís syndrome. This medical information about signs and symptoms for Reiterís syndrome has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of Reiterís syndrome signs or Reiterís syndrome symptoms. Furthermore, signs and symptoms of Reiterís syndrome may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of any signs or symptoms and whether they are indeed Reiterís syndrome symptoms.


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