migratory polyarthritis

migratory polyarthritis

[mī′grətôr′ē]
arthritis that progressively affects a number of joints and finally settles in one or more. It occurs in persons with gonorrhea and develops a few days to a few weeks after the onset of gonorrheal urethritis. The patient usually has a moderate fever and 1 to 5 days of migratory polyarthralgia with variable signs of inflammation. In more prolonged episodes initial arthritic sites may clear as new areas are affected, but persistently involved joints are usually severely inflamed and swollen. After the swelling subsides, the overlying skin may peel. Large joints are most affected. Treatment with penicillin or tetracycline generally provides some relief in 24 to 72 hours. Also called migratory gonorrheal polyarthritis.

migratory polyarthritis

(pol´ēarthrī´tis),
n a temporary form of arthritis caused by rheumatic fever.
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As a result of the cardiology consultation, the patient was considered to have ARF because of migratory polyarthritis, arthralgia, fever, and high ESR and CRP levels; ARF treatment was initiated.
Joint symptoms range from polyarthralgia to migratory polyarthritis with purulent effusions.
The most common presentation of acute rheumatic fever in adults is a febrile illness with an additive or migratory polyarthritis that is present on average in 92% of patients (range, 43-100%), or tenosynovitis usually of the wrists and ankles (67%).
A cluster of protracted migratory polyarthritis involving four adult family members occurred in January 2000 after a brief overnight outing in a rural area of Venezuela.