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Reactive Arthritis

Reactive arthritis refers to a form of arthritis that produces, pain, swelling, and redness of peripheral joints. The majority of patients with reactive arthritis have the HLA B27 gene. Causes of reactive arthritis include urinary or gastrointestinal infections. The onset is acute and can occur 2-4 weeks after an infection. The course of reactive arthritis is generally self –limited but relapses can occur in 15% of cases. Some patients may continue to have chronic and often destructive or disabling arthritis.