ALTHOUGH it has been estimated1 that 300 cases of Reiter's disease have been described in the literature, the incidence is probably much greater in that the condition is not always recognized. It is being reported more frequently now that the knowledge of the syndrome is becoming more widespread.
In the original paper by Reiter2 the patient had initial symptoms of abdominal cramps and bloody diarrhea followed by purulent urethritis, conjunctivitis and polyarthritis. It is now known that diarrhea may not occur and that during the evolution of the triad, which may take four to eight weeks, the principal presenting symptom may be either the arthritis3 or the conjunctivitis.4
The condition, which occurs in males, is worldwide in its distribution. Rosenblum5 reported 10 cases occurring in American soldiers in the Pacific, and Bauer and Engleman,6 6 cases in Boston. The infecting agent is neither
KORB H, BROWN EA. REITER'S DISEASE: A CASE SUCCESSFULLY TREATED WITH AUREOMYCIN. Arch Derm Syphilol. 1950;62(3):391–394. doi:10.1001/archderm.1950.01530160045005
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