Reactive arthritis: can’t see, can’t pee, can’t climb a tree…

Reiter’s disease, also known as reactive arthritis, is a seronegative HLA-B27-associated autoimmune disease, characterised by oligoarthritis of large joints with additional ophthalmic and urological manifestations. Many will recall the aide-mémoire ‘can’t see, can’t pee, can’t climb a tree’ from their medical school days. This article describes the history and aetiology of Reiter’s disease, along with its treatment and prognosis, and reminds readers to be vigilant for its characteristic signs and symptoms.

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