Septic arthritis

Hyung J. Cho, Leah A. Burke, Mikyung Lee

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The incidence of septic arthritis appears to be increasing, which may be accounted for by the increasing use of immunosuppressive treatments, invasive procedures, and an aging population. Hospitalists should understand the common sources of infection in septic arthritis, and perform the necessary diagnostic testing. Synovial fluid analysis should be interpreted accurately. Treatment consists of antibiotics of appropriate modality and duration. The correct initial antibiotic regimen is based on the clinical picture, synovial fluid analysis, and Gram stain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)494-503
Number of pages10
JournalHospital Medicine Clinics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2014


  • Bacterial arthritis
  • Infectious arthritis
  • Septic arthritis


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