Follow-up studies of joint complications in yersiniosis

Acta Med Scand. 1979;205(6):521-5. doi: 10.1111/j.0954-6820.1979.tb06095.x.


In 1971-73, 60 patients were hospitalized for an infectios disease caused by Y. enterocolitica serotypes III and IX or Y. pseudotuberculosis serotype I. In the spring of 1977 a follow-up study was carried out with 52 of these patients, one patient having died from intestinal perforation evidently resulting from yersiniosis-induced amyloidosis and colitis. The follow-up study showed that two patients had symptoms of sacroilitis, one had developed an apparent rheumatoid arthritis after yersiniosis and one had joint plans and a high serum rheumatoid factor titer with no objective joint changes. All results from kidney and liver studies were normal. No brucellosis antibodies were found in the follow-up study. Twelve patients had antibody titers against Y. enterocolitica serotype III.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antibodies, Bacterial / analysis
  • Arthritis / etiology*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / etiology
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocarditis / etiology
  • Prognosis
  • Sacroiliac Joint
  • Serotyping
  • Yersinia / immunology
  • Yersinia Infections / complications*


  • Antibodies, Bacterial