Case Vignettes

Reactive arthritis with keratoderma blennorrhagica

Vikram Haridas


Author Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Department of medicine, SDM Medical College and Hospital, Dharwad, Karnataka, India


IJRCI. 2015;3(1):CV5

Received: 11 September 2015, Published: 14 September 2015



Reactive arthritis (ReA) or sterile synovitis usually develops following a distant infection in the gut or gastrointestinal tract. The disease is predominant in men between 20 to 40 years of age. Keratoderma blennorrhagica, which occurs as an additional feature of reactive arthritis, is the presence of scaly skin rashes on the hands and feet.


The Fig. 1 and 2 shows the presentation keratoderma blennorrhagica in a 34-year-old male patient with ReA. The patient had loose stools one week prior to the visit, but no history of psoriasis or any other skin diseases.


Fig 1: Keratoderma blennorrhagica on feet


Fig 2: Keratoderma blennorrhagica on hands


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The authors declare that they have no competing interests.


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