Reactive arthritis in tuberculosis: A case of Poncet’s disease

  • Irmi ZI
  • Zaiton A
  • Faezah H
Keywords: Reactive arthritis, tuberculosis, Poncet’s disease, rheumatologic disease


Reactive arthritis and erythema are uncommon presentations of tuberculosis (TB). Reactive arthritis in tuberculosis (TB) is known as Poncet’s disease, a rare aseptic form of arthritis observed in patients with active TB. We report a case of Poncet’s disease in a 20-year old man whose reactive arthritis overshadowed other clinical symptoms of TB resulting in delayed diagnosis and treatment. Although a conclusive diagnosis of Poncet’s disease is not possible, reactive immunologic reactions such as reactive arthritis and erythema nodosum even without respiratory symptoms should raise suspicion on possible TB. Thus, taking a thorough medical history as well as performing relevant examinations and investigations for possible TB will help expedite the diagnostic process.


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ZII., AZ., & HF. (2012). Reactive arthritis in tuberculosis: A case of Poncet’s disease. Malaysian Family Physician, 8(1), 4. Retrieved from
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