Prognosis of Reactive Arthritis

Prognosis of Reactive Arthritis

What is the prognosis for patients with Reactive Arthritis?

The prognosis of ReA is variable, likely depending upon the triggering pathogen and the genetic background of the host. Most patients either remit completely or have little active disease within 6 to 18 months of presentation, but 15% to 20% can experience more persistent arthritis/or axial skeleton disease. Some patients with chronic ReA later develop features characteristic of another of the spondyloarthritides. In addition, 15% to 50% will have one or more recurrences of ocular disease, mucocutaneous lesions, and/or arthritis.

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