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Poststreptococcal reactive arthritis.

Author(s): Logan D, McKee PJ

Affiliation(s): Section of Foot and Ankle, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH, USA.

Publication date & source: 2006-07, J Am Podiatr Med Assoc., 96(4):362-6.

Publication type: Case Reports; Review

Acute rheumatic fever is a delayed inflammatory disease that follows streptococcal infection of the throat. Poststreptococcal reactive arthritis is a sterile arthritis associated with antecedent streptococcal infection in patients not fulfilling the Jones criteria for acute rheumatic fever. Poststreptococcal reactive arthritis has been reported to have lower-extremity predominance and, therefore, should be included in the differential diagnosis of patients with lower-extremity arthritis. A review of the literature, distinguishing poststreptococcal reactive arthritis from acute rheumatic fever, and treatment options are discussed here. A case report is also presented.

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