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Septic Arthritis

Discussion »

differential diagnosis »

(also consider Brucella melitensis, Borrelia burgdorferi and Treponema pallidum)

medical considerations

synovial fluid exam »

(cell count and crystals)

Treatment Based on Age »

less than 3 months, from 6 mo to 2 yrs, greater than 2 yrs

Treatment Based on Location »

(open joint injuries, septic knee, pediatric septic hip)

Antibiotic Treatment Based on Organism »

Surgical Drainage and Lavage

consider vancomycin in calcium sulfate carrier.


Controversies: use of steroids with septic arthritis