Reactive arthritis is a group of inflammatory conditions that involves the joints, urethra, and eyes. There may also be sores (lesions) on the skin and mucus membranes.
Reiter syndrome; Post-infectious arthritis
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
The exact cause of reactive arthritis is unknown. It occurs most commonly in men before the age of 40. It may follow an infection with
The disorder is rare in younger children, but may occur in adolescents.
Review Date: 06/20/2011
Reviewed By: Neil J. Gonter, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Columbia University, NY and private practice specializing in Rheumatology at Rheumatology Associates of North Jersey, Teaneck, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.