Noninfective arthritis
Reiter syndrome

Author: Vijay Shankar, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 30 August 2017, last major update May 2013

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Cite this page: Shankar, V. Reiter syndrome. website. Accessed March 21st, 2018.
Definition / general
Clinical features
  • Patients present with asymmetric oligoarthritis
  • Articular and extra-articular manifestations are similar regardless of organisms causing this disorder
  • Synovitis of digital tendon sheath produces sausage fingers or toes, causes spurs
  • Triad of arthritis, uveitis / conjunctivitis, nongonococcal urethritis / cervicitis is not always present
  • 80% are HLA-B27 positive
  • Typically affects men or women in 20 - 30s
  • Affects ankles, knees, feet
  • Occurs after GI infections (Salmonella, Shigella, Campylobacter, Yersinia), Chlamydia, Escherichia coli, Clostridium difficile, Chlamydia pneumoniae
Case reports
  • Doxycycline
Clinical images

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Fig 3.: Onychodystrophy

Swollen "sausage" toe / inflamed ankle

Radiograph: periosteal
reaction at
plantar fascia