Septic Arthritis

Septic arthritis, also known as infectious arthritis, may be caused by any number of different microorganisms and results in erythematous, painful, swollen joints. Synovial (joint) fluid analysis is the cornerstone of diagnosis and should be performed before beginning antibiotic therapy. Blood or joint fluid culture may also be used to identify the microorganism causing the infection and guide subsequent treatment.

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Last Update: October 2019