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Reactive arthritis

J.S. Hill Gaston

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.1908_update_002

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Reactive arthritis

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Reactive arthritis is a subset of postinfectious arthritis in which infection, usually of the gastrointestinal or genitourinary tracts, leads to inflammatory arthritis. Following infection, organisms or their components find their way to joints, where they provoke inflammatory immune responses. Whether the responses cross-react with self antigens is unclear; arthritis may be maintained by persistent infection. The disease commonly has specific extra-articular features not seen in other forms of postinfectious arthritis, and is genetically and pathologically a form of spondyloarthritis (see ...

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Subjects: Rheumatology

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