What are the signs and symptoms of septic arthritis?

Updated: Oct 02, 2020
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Pay attention to the following symptoms:

  • Acuteness of onset of the joint pain

  • Whether the pain is superimposed on chronic pain

  • Previous history of joint disease or trauma, whether accidental or iatrogenic (eg, infection complicates 0.4% of arthrocenteses)

  • Whether the process is monoarticular or polyarticular and which joints are involved

  • The presence of extra-articular symptoms

  • Whether the patient has had vascular invasion due to catheterizations or intravenous drug abuse

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