Reactive arthritis after Campylobacter jejuni enteritis

J Rheumatol. Jul-Aug 1980;7(4):531-5.


Reactive arthritis of 1 or more peripheral joints developed after an enteric infection with Campylobacter jejuni in 6 adult patients. Other reactive signs, such as conjunctivitis, aphthous stomatitis, stranguria and sterile leukocyturia occurred in 4 patients. Five of the 6 patients possessed the HLA-B27 antigen. The history indicated previous joint disease in 4 of the 6 patients. The short-term follow-up showed a benign course of the arthritis. When a reactive arthritis syndrome is clinically suspected, investigations should include a search for Campylobacter jejuni infection by culture of the stool and by serological tests to demonstrate antibodies against Campylobacter jejuni.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Arthritis / drug therapy
  • Arthritis / etiology*
  • Arthritis / immunology
  • Campylobacter Infections / complications*
  • Campylobacter Infections / drug therapy
  • Enteritis / complications*
  • Female
  • HLA Antigens / analysis
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • HLA Antigens