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When the body undergoes a bacterial infection, a reaction can be arthritis (inflammation and/or stiffness of the joints) – this reactionary arthritis is called Reiter’s Syndrome. Typically, the infected areas include the intestines, genitals, and urinary tract and can lead to joint inflammation and redness most often in the knees, ankles, and spreading to the spine.
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Any of the seronegative spondyloarthropathies, particularly ankylosing spondylitis (AS), can have spinal involvement. A history of inflammatory bowel disease, urethritis, or psoriasis should lead to further investigation of these disorders, which include Reiter’s syndrome, psoriatic arthritis, arthritis of inflammatory bowel disease, and the undifferentiated spondyloarthropathies.¹
¹Garfin MD, Steven. Orthopaedic Knowledge Update : Spine. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1997.