reactive arthritis

noun
|Updated on: 3 Jun 2018

Definition of reactive arthritis

: acute arthritis that sometimes develops following a bacterial infection (as with the bacteria of the genera Shigella, Salmonella, or Chlamydia)
  • Doctors have given him cortisone shots and steroids to help with the lingering pain in his right knee, part of a condition known as reactive arthritis often associated with severe salmonella infections.
  • —Kimberly Kindy and Brady Dennis
called also Reiter's syndrome

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1973

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reactive arthritis

noun

medical Definition of reactive arthritis

: acute arthritis that sometimes develops following a bacterial infection (as with the bacteria of the genera Shigella, Salmonella, or Chlamydia)
  • The asymmetric involvement of the wrist and ankle, along with the presence of warm, swollen knees, could be consistent with a reactive arthritis; however, there was no antecedent infectious illness.
  • —Abraham B. Schwarzberg et al.The New England Journal of Medicine5 June 2008
called also Reiter's syndrome

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