ARMIN E. GOOD, M.D.
Hans Reiter in 1916 emphasized the importance of a triad of non-specific urethritis, conjunctivitis, and arthritis in a report of the protracted illness of a German army officer (1). Although the triad had been referred to previously (2) and concurrently (3) by others, the eponym "Reiter" has evolved to its present usage, denoting a syndrome of urethritis, arthritis, and ophthalmitis (usually conjunctivitis but occasionally iritis). Despite attractive circumstantial evidence that the etiology may be an infectious agent, the causation remains an enigma, and no diagnostic laboratory procedures are available.
The relationship of Reiter's syndrome to rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis
GOOD AE. Involvement of the Back in Reiter's Syndrome: Follow-up Study of Thirty-four Cases. Ann Intern Med. ;57:44–59. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-57-1-44
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1962;57(1):44-59.
Infectious Disease, Rheumatology.
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