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Reactive Arthritis


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Reactive Arthritis

  1. 1. Trinity Angoni
  2. 2.  It has been postulated that Italian-born explorer Christopher Columbus suffered from Reiters arthritis, dying from a heart attack caused by the condition
  3. 3.  Reactive arthritis or Reiter’s syndrome is a painful form of inflammatory arthritis that develops in reaction to an infection by bacteria or virus By the time the patient presents with symptoms, oftentimes the "trigger" infection has been cured or is in remission in chronic cases
  4. 4.  Reactive arthritis is an RF-seronegative, HLA- B27-linked arthritis, often precipitated by genitourinary or gastrointestinal infections
  5. 5.  When the arthritis is followed by charecteristic of other symptoms it is then called reiter’s arthritis.
  6. 6.  The arthritis may be "additive" (more joints become inflamed in addition to the primarily affected one) or Migratory (new joints become inflamed after the initially inflamed site has already improved).
  7. 7.  Streptococcal throat infection glandular fever viral flu food poisoning sexually acquired
  8. 8.  It occurs in reaction to an infection by certain bacteria. Most often, these bacteria are in the genitals (Chlamydia trachomatis) or the bowel (Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella and Yersinia).
  9. 9.  burning pain on urination (dysuria) or an increased frequency of urination prostatitis in men and cervicitis, salpingitis and/or vulvovaginitis in women. penile lesions called balanitis circinata (circinate balanitis) can be found in males inflammation of the eyes in the form of conjunctivitis or uveitis
  10. 10.  Swelling and pain in large joints such as the knee. Enthesitis can involve the Achilles tendon resulting in heel pain A small percentage of men and women develop small hard nodules called keratoderma blennorrhagica on the soles of the feet
  11. 11. keratoderma blennorrhagica
  12. 12.  Because common systems involved include the eye, the urinary system, and the hands and feet, one clinical mnemonic for Reiters syndrome is "Cant see, cant pee, cant climb a tree."
  13. 13.  A few studies have been completed, though. In Norway between 1988 and 1990, incidence was 4.6 cases per 100,000 for Chlamydia- induced Reiters Syndrome and 5 cases per 100,000 for that induced by enteric bacteria.
  14. 14.  It most commonly strikes individuals aged 20–40 years of age, is more common in men than in women, and more common in white than in black people. This is owing to the high frequency of the HLA-B27 gene in the white population. Patients with HIV have an increased risk of developing Reactive arthritis as well.
  15. 15.  The main goal of treatment is to identify and eradicate the underlying infectious source with the appropriate antibiotics if still present. Otherwise, treatment is symptomatic for each problem. Analgesics particularly NSAIDs, sulfasalazine, steroids . immunosuppressants may be needed for patients with severe reactive symptoms that do not respond to any other treatment.
  16. 16.  Electrotherapy ift Social support education Circulatory movements Deep tissue massage Your joints may need to be rested when the pain and inflammation is most severe. Wrist splints and shoe insoles may be helpful in the short-term. Ice packs and heat pads, used alternatively, help to relieve joint pain and swelling.
  17. 17.  relaxation exercises to help to reduce pain and improve sleep. Hydrotherapy for soothing joints