Ann Rheum Dis 51:686-687 doi:10.1136/ard.51.5.686
  • Research Article

Acute aortic insufficiency in a patient with presumed Reiter's syndrome.

  1. P Misukiewicz,
  2. R W Carlson,
  3. L Rowan,
  4. N Levitt,
  5. C Rudnick,
  6. T Desai
  1. Department of Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI.


      Cardiac disease is rare in patients with Reiter's syndrome. There have been 15 reported cases of aortic insufficiency in patients with Reiter's syndrome, with the aortic insufficiency developing over several years. This paper reports the case of a black HLA-B27 negative woman who presented with Reiter's syndrome and acute aortic insufficiency. An antecedent streptococcal infection is suggested as the inciting factor. To our knowledge, this is the first report of Reiter's syndrome in a black woman with acute aortic insufficiency.