SOME CLINICAL AND IMMUNOGENETIC CHARACTERISTICS OF REACTIVE ARTHRITIS IN CHILDREN
Altogether 52 children suffering from reactive arthritis were placed under observation. In 45 patients arthritis developed after nasopharyngeal infection and was marked by a favourable course with a rapid positive dynamics. 7 children with a history of intestinal infection manifested Reiter's syndrome; in these children arthritis was characterized by a grave and prolonged course and by a high laboratory activity. HLA A10 (RR = 2.7), B27 (RR = 2.5) and DR2 (RR = 2.19) antigen were detected significantly more frequently in ReA patients who suffered nasopharyngeal infection. In children with Reiter's syndrome, the genetic markers of predisposition to the disease were HLA A10 (RR = 5.93) and B27 (RR = 149.1) antigens.