Reiter's disease in women

David L. Smith, Robert M. Bennett, Martha G. Regan

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Reiter's disease in its classic form is defined by the triad of arthritis, conjunctivitis, and urethritis and occurs predominantly in men. Recent descriptions have emphasized other ancillary findings: mucocutaneous lesions, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, sausage digits, asymmetrical sacroiliitis, and an association with HLA‐B27. This study describes 29 women followed over the past 4 years who have a rheumatic disorder most consistent with Reiter's disease. All 29 patients were seronegative, 72% presenting with an asymmetrical pauciarticular arthritis, and the majority evidenced lower extremity involvement. During the course of their illness, 52% of the patients developed either eye and/or urinary tract involvement. Additional features were mucocutaneous lesions in 8 patients, heel pain or Achilles tendinitis in 15 patients, sausage digits in 20 patients, and clinical sacroiliitis in 20 patients. HLA‐B27 was positive in 59% of patients, and radiographic bone and joint abnormalities were present in 52% of the patients. The recognition of this group of patients has both therapeutic and prognostic implications, because they preferentially respond to indomethacin or phenylbutazone and often pursue a chronic course, albeit without widespread joint destruction.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)335-340
Number of pages6
JournalArthritis & Rheumatism
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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