Ten-year follow-up study of patients with Yersinia arthritis

Arthritis Rheum. 1988 Apr;31(4):533-7. doi: 10.1002/art.1780310410.


Eighty-five patients with acute Yersinia arthritis were seen in followup for a mean of 10 years. During that time, peripheral joint symptoms occurred frequently (51.8%), but these symptoms were mild (45.9%). Development of a new reactive arthritis (4.7%) or chronic arthritis (2.4%) was uncommon. One-third of the patients experienced low back pain, and one-third of the patients had radiologic evidence of sacroiliitis. The presence of sacroiliitis was more frequent in patients with low back pain (46.7%) than in those who did not have symptoms (21.2%). More patients with HLA-B27 had low back pain and sacroiliitis, but there was no association of this genetic factor with the residual symptoms in peripheral joints.

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Infectious / complications
  • Arthritis, Infectious / diagnostic imaging
  • Arthritis, Infectious / etiology
  • Arthritis, Infectious / immunology
  • Arthritis, Infectious / physiopathology*
  • Arthritis, Reactive / etiology
  • Back Pain / etiology
  • Female
  • HLA Antigens / analysis
  • HLA-B27 Antigen
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prognosis
  • Prospective Studies
  • Radiography
  • Time Factors
  • Yersinia Infections*


  • HLA Antigens
  • HLA-B27 Antigen