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Arthritis (Reiter's Syndrome)

Reiter's Syndrome or seronegative spondyloarthropathy is the term for a type of the reactive arthritis group. The condition may induce inflammation of the spinal column and of other articulations especially where tendons bond themselves to the bones but, might also induce inflammation of the whole body. Symptoms of the condition are pain, swelling up, redness and heat and sever stiffness in the joints and bordering tissues. It could also involve other parts of the body such as causing inflammation of the urinary tract, skin and the eyes.

The precise reason of Reiter's syndrome is not known. It frequently comes along following a bacterial infection of the intestines or urinary tract. It is most common in adult male* between the ages of 20 and 40 years, though women can as well develop the condition. The reason why some people exposed to certain types of bacteria develop Reiter's syndrome and other people do not it is not solved. Reiter's syndrome could run in families. The inheritable factor HLA-B27 it is acknowledged to increases an individual's odds of developing this health disorder.

Reiter's syndrome arthritis could as well affect joints in the backbone to cause spinal inflammation such as spondylitis or sacroiliitis. Individuals who have the HLA-B27 gene present undergo a higher risk of developing spondylitis and sacroiliitis. More or less 80% of people with the condition have the HLA-B27 gene. HLA B27 is an inheritable genetic marker that is linked with a number of interrelated rheumatic diseases.

Symptoms are dissimilar on different regions of the body but in general might include inflammation of tendons, joints, eyes also heart problems, rash, fever and they generally happen on one side of the body. Symptoms come and go over a period of many weeks or even many months. Though the condition is not contractible the bacterium that set it off it could be passed to some other person.

Most of the people who develop Reiter's syndrome will get better over several months. Symptoms could come back in some people. In almost 20 percent of causes long-term arthritis symptoms could remain and will involve ongoing treatment. Treatment will depends on what regions of the body got affected and it may include medicinal drugs, physical exercise and those of specialized nature medicated ointments.

The diagnosis of Reiter's Syndrome is problematic as there is no particular test to diagnose it. Though there is no recognized remedy for this type of arthritis screens may include physical examination, blood and urine tests, patient's medical and family history, x-rays, tests to rule out other causes and test for suspected infections.

Your health care professional may order Corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). In addition to may order Sulfasalazine, a promising experimental medicinal drug. A rheumatologist is most frequently the type of physician that addresses a patient with joint disease. Some times the patient may require consulting several specialist as Reiter's syndrome affects several different parts of the body.

Arthritis linked with Reiter's syndrome by and large affects the feet, ankles and knees causing inflammation, pain, swelling and heat. Digits, wrists, and other articulations are affected to a lesser degree. Patients could as well develop inflammation in the vicinity where the tendons contact a skeletal structure and cause enthesopathy. Enthesopathy may result in the shortening and thickening of fingers and toes, heel pain, spurs and bony growings that generally result into prolonged lasting foot pain.