How are reactive, viral, and tuberculous arthritis differentiated?

Updated: Sep 19, 2017
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Most cases of reactive arthritis involve a few large joints in an asymmetric fashion, whereas viral arthritis usually exhibits symmetric involvement of the smaller joints, especially the hands, with a concurrent rash. The joints of tuberculous arthritis can appear to be boggy on palpation.


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