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February 1960


AMA Arch Derm. 1960;81(2):278-281. doi:10.1001/archderm.1960.03730020114019

Reiter's Syndrome and Keratosis Blennorrhagica. Presented by Dr. Harry Shatin. 

Discussion  Dr. Helen O. Curth: In reply to Dr. Hyman's question to me about the differences between Reiter's syndrome and Behcet's syndrome, I would say that of the three classic sites of Behcet's syndrome (the oral cavity, the genitals, and the eyes) the oral cavity is unaffected in Reiter's syndrome; on the other hand, arthritis, a minor sign of Behcet's syndrome, is a cardinal sign of Reiter's syndrome. The ocular manifestation of Behcet's syndrome is recurrent uveitis with hypopyon, and not conjunctivitis, although conjunctivitis may be observed for a short while initially. Behcet's syndrome affects men and women alike, whereas Reiter's syndrome is found almost exclusively in young men. Although recurrent lesions have been observed in Reiter's syndrome, recurrence or continuance is not the prominent feature which it is in Behcet's syndrome.Dr. Henry Silver: Some 30 years ago, I

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