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REITER'S DISEASE: A Comparison with Keratosis Blennorrhagica and with Psoriasis Arthropathica

REITER'S DISEASE: A Comparison with Keratosis Blennorrhagica and with Psoriasis Arthropathica Abstract ALTHOUGH Reiter1 originally described the syndrome bearing his name in 1916, the first case in the English literature was not reported until 1928.2 However, the disease was not fully accepted in this country until after the report of Bauer and Engelman in 1942.3 Since 1944 an increasing number of papers on this subject have been presented in the domestic literature. In view of the increasing interest in this disease, a comparison with keratosis blennorrhagica and with psoriasis arthropathica is indicated. Observations in 75 cases of keratosis blennorrhagica and in 33 cases of psoriasis arthropathica were compared in 1939.4 This study failed to demonstrate more than a superficial resemblance between the two diseases. Despite the overwhelming evidence that keratosis blennorrhagica and psoriasis arthropathica are distinct entities admitting accurate differentiation, the conviction persisted that some cases of keratosis were not caused by infection with gonococci. As evidenced by References 1. Reiter, H.: Ueber eine bisher unerkannte Spirochäteninfektion (Spirochaetosis arthritica) , Deutsche med. Wchnschr. 42:1535, 1916.Crossref 2. Frühwald, R.: So-Called Spirochaetosis Arthritica (Reiter, 1916) , Urol. & Cutan. Rev. 32:7 ( (Jan.) ) 1928. 3. Bauer, W., and Engelman, E. P.: A Syndrome of Unknown Etiology Characterized by Urethritis, Conjunctivitis and Arthritis (So-Called Reiter's Disease) , Tr. A. Am. Physicians 57:307, 1942. 4. Epstein, E.: Differential Diagnosis of Keratosis Blennorrhagica and Psoriasis Arthropathica , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 40:547 ( (Oct.) ) 1939. 5. Lever, W. F., and Crawford, G. M.: Keratosis Blennorrhagica Without Gonorrhea (Reiter's Disease?) , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 49:389 ( (June) ) 1944. 6. Hollander, J. L.; Fogarty, C. W.; Abrams, N. R., and Kydd, D. M.: Arthritis Resembling Reiter's Syndrome , J. A. M. A. 129:593 ( (Oct. 27) ) 1945. 7. Rosenblum, H. H.: So-Called Reiter's Disease , U. S. Nav. M. Bull. 44:375 ( (Feb.) ) 1945. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Archives of Dermatology and Syphilology American Medical Association

REITER'S DISEASE: A Comparison with Keratosis Blennorrhagica and with Psoriasis Arthropathica

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0096-6029
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10.1001/archderm.1947.01520080051006
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Abstract

Abstract ALTHOUGH Reiter1 originally described the syndrome bearing his name in 1916, the first case in the English literature was not reported until 1928.2 However, the disease was not fully accepted in this country until after the report of Bauer and Engelman in 1942.3 Since 1944 an increasing number of papers on this subject have been presented in the domestic literature. In view of the increasing interest in this disease, a comparison with keratosis blennorrhagica and with psoriasis arthropathica is indicated. Observations in 75 cases of keratosis blennorrhagica and in 33 cases of psoriasis arthropathica were compared in 1939.4 This study failed to demonstrate more than a superficial resemblance between the two diseases. Despite the overwhelming evidence that keratosis blennorrhagica and psoriasis arthropathica are distinct entities admitting accurate differentiation, the conviction persisted that some cases of keratosis were not caused by infection with gonococci. As evidenced by References 1. Reiter, H.: Ueber eine bisher unerkannte Spirochäteninfektion (Spirochaetosis arthritica) , Deutsche med. Wchnschr. 42:1535, 1916.Crossref 2. Frühwald, R.: So-Called Spirochaetosis Arthritica (Reiter, 1916) , Urol. & Cutan. Rev. 32:7 ( (Jan.) ) 1928. 3. Bauer, W., and Engelman, E. P.: A Syndrome of Unknown Etiology Characterized by Urethritis, Conjunctivitis and Arthritis (So-Called Reiter's Disease) , Tr. A. Am. Physicians 57:307, 1942. 4. Epstein, E.: Differential Diagnosis of Keratosis Blennorrhagica and Psoriasis Arthropathica , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 40:547 ( (Oct.) ) 1939. 5. Lever, W. F., and Crawford, G. M.: Keratosis Blennorrhagica Without Gonorrhea (Reiter's Disease?) , Arch. Dermat. & Syph. 49:389 ( (June) ) 1944. 6. Hollander, J. L.; Fogarty, C. W.; Abrams, N. R., and Kydd, D. M.: Arthritis Resembling Reiter's Syndrome , J. A. M. A. 129:593 ( (Oct. 27) ) 1945. 7. Rosenblum, H. H.: So-Called Reiter's Disease , U. S. Nav. M. Bull. 44:375 ( (Feb.) ) 1945.

Journal

Archives of Dermatology and SyphilologyAmerican Medical Association

Published: Aug 1, 1947

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