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Reactive arthritis due to Chlamydia psittaci associated with HLA-B27 genotype

Peter N Gonski and Bobby Chan
Med J Aust 2009; 190 (11): 649-650.
Published online: 1 June 2009

To the Editor: We report a case of reactive arthritis with an unusual cause in a previously well 47-year-old male landscape gardener. The patient presented with acute onset of left ankle arthritis. He had a 10-day history of a productive cough associated with mild fever, back pain and arthralgias. His temperature was 37.7°C and occasional crackles were audible at the lung bases. His left ankle was tender, with decreased range of movement. The provisional diagnosis was atypical pneumonia with reactive arthritis.

  • Peter N Gonski
  • Bobby Chan

  • Sutherland Hospital, Sydney, NSW.


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