Meningococcal arthritis

Symptoms of Meningococcal arthritis

The following features are indicative of Meningococcal arthritis:
  • arthritis without meningitis
  • fever
  • rash
  • hemodynamic instability
It is possible that Meningococcal arthritis shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Meningococcal arthritis

The following are the most common causes of Meningococcal arthritis:
  • septic invasion of joints
  • allergic manifestations

Risk Factors for Meningococcal arthritis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Meningococcal arthritis:
  • immunocompromised patients
  • areas of high prevalence of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
  • previous joint disease and low socioeconomic class

Prevention of Meningococcal arthritis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Meningococcal arthritis.

Occurrence of Meningococcal arthritis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Meningococcal arthritis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Rare between 10K - 50K cases

Common Age Group

Meningococcal arthritis most commonly occurs in the following age group:
  • Aged > 50 years

Common Gender

Meningococcal arthritis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Meningococcal arthritis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Meningococcal arthritis:
  • Differential diagnosis: To differentiate between septic arthritis and Meningococcal arthritis
  • Physical examination: To look for edema with purpura
  • CT scan (Computed tomography): To check for edema in lower legs

Complications of Meningococcal arthritis if untreated

It is not know if Meningococcal arthritis causes complications if left untreated.

Time for Treatment of Meningococcal arthritis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Meningococcal arthritis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 3 - 6 months

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Meningococcal arthritis.

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