Clinical Presentation Of Reitet's Syndrome Among Iraqi Patients

  • Sami Salman Dept. of Medicine, Rheumatologyunit, Factuality of Medicine, versity of Baghdad
  • Ahmad A. AI-Najar Dept. of Medicine, Rheumatologyunit, Factuality of Medicine, versity of Baghdad
Keywords: Clinical Presentation


Background: To shed some light on the clinical features of patients with Reiter's syndrome.
Methods: Reiter's syndrome in 50 patients (38 males and 12 females) was reported in a prospective study. All patients were subjected to detailed history, full clinical assessment and a slit
lamp eye examination by an Ophthalmologist. A Dermatologist opinion was sought when needed and thorough laboratory and radiological investigations were made for all patients.
Results: Reiter's syndrome was post-dysnteric in 44 (88%) of patients and post-venereal in 6 (12%) patients. Its clinical features are similar to other series. Arthritis was noted in all
patients, diarrhea in 44 (88%), eye lesions in 40 (80%) and mucocutaneous lesions in 37 (74%) patients but significant differences were noted between our study and others with respect to sex ratio, lower back pain, urethritis, oral ulcer, circulate balanitis. Tissue typing for HLA-B27 was positive in 72% of our patients.
Conclusions: Reiter's syndrome is not rare in Iraq as previously thought. Physicians need to be more aware of its existence in young adult men who develop arthritis following dysentery.


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Salman S, AI-Najar A. Clinical Presentation Of Reitet’s Syndrome Among Iraqi Patients. J Fac Med Bagdad [Internet]. 1Oct.2006 [cited 29May2020];48(3):251-5. Available from: