reactive arthritis

noun

Definition of reactive arthritis

: an inflammatory arthritis that develops following a bacterial infection (as with chlamydia, shigella, or salmonella), is characterized by pain, swelling, and stiffness of joints (as of the knees or ankles), may be accompanied by inflammation of the eyelids, skin, or urinary tract, and typically lasts one year or less but may become chronic 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

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Recent Examples on the Web While most recover completely, some people can suffer from long-term effects such as reactive arthritis, which is joint pain and swelling caused by infection. Kristine Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "Egg farm responsible for salmonella outbreak had 'unacceptable rodent activity,' FDA report says," 16 May 2018

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1973, in the meaning defined above

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“Reactive arthritis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reactive%20arthritis. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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reactive arthritis

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Medical Definition of reactive arthritis

: an inflammatory arthritis that develops following a bacterial infection (as with chlamydia, shigella, or salmonella), is characterized by pain, swelling, and stiffness of joints (as of the knees or ankles), may be accompanied by inflammation of the eyelids, skin, or urinary tract, and typically lasts one year or less but may become chronic 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 Medicine, 5 June 2008

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