Genital Involvement as a Result of Reactive Arthritis

  • Richard M. KeatingEmail author


Reactive arthritis (ReA) is an inflammatory arthritis within the larger category of spondyloarthropathies (SpA).

Circinate balanitis (balanitis circinata) is a cutaneous manifestation of ReA seen in less than 10 % of patients with ReA. The characteristic features of circinate balanitis include ulcerative papules and pustules on the corona and about the meatus of the penis. The lesions may take on a serpiginous appearance as the separate lesions coalesce. Women may demonstrate genital lesions as well in the form of circinate vulvitis and ulcerative vulvitis. Additional cutaneous features of ReA may include oral lesions, nail lesions, and keratoderma blennorrhagica.


Psoriatic Arthritis Inflammatory Arthritis Oral Lesion Reactive Arthritis Genital Lesion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Section of Rheumatology, Department of MedicineThe University of ChicagoChicagoUSA

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