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What causes reactive arthritis?

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This is a form of arthritis that affects your joints, eyes, skin, and urethra (the tube that carries pee out through your body). Doctors don’t know exactly what causes it. But research found that many people who get it have a common genetic marker HLA-B27.

Most cases of reactive arthritis in men happen after they’ve been infected with Chlamydia trachomatis or Ureaplasma urealyticum, both sexually transmitted diseases. Others get it after an intestinal infection with shigella, salmonella, yersinia, or campylobacter bacteria.

From: Reactive Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation. American Academy of Family Physicians. The Arthritis Society.


Reviewed by David Zelman on November 04, 2018

SOURCES: Arthritis Foundation. American Academy of Family Physicians. The Arthritis Society.


Reviewed by David Zelman on November 04, 2018

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