Arthritis due to staphylococcal sepsis.

Symptoms of Septic Arthritis

The following features are indicative of Septic Arthritis:
  • intense joint pain
  • joint redness and swelling
  • chills
  • fever
  • inability to move the area with the infected joint
It is possible that Septic Arthritis shows no physical symptoms and still is present in a patient.

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Common Causes of Septic Arthritis

The following are the most common causes of Septic Arthritis:
  • viral infections
  • fungal infections
  • Staphylococcus aureus

Risk Factors for Septic Arthritis

The following factors may increase the likelihood of Septic Arthritis:
  • existing joint problems
  • taking medications for rheumatoid arthritis
  • skin fragility
  • weak immune system
  • joint trauma

Prevention of Septic Arthritis

Yes, it may be possible to prevent Septic Arthritis. Prevention may be possible by doing the following:
  • use cool compresses
  • do regular exercise

Occurrence of Septic Arthritis

Number of Cases

The following are the number of Septic Arthritis cases seen each year worldwide:
  • Not common between 50K - 500K cases

Common Age Group

Septic Arthritis can occur at any age.

Common Gender

Septic Arthritis can occur in any gender.

Lab Tests and Procedures for Diagnosis of Septic Arthritis

The following lab tests and procedures are used to detect Septic Arthritis:
  • Joint fluid analysis: To find out what organism is causing the infection
  • Blood test: To diagnose signs of blood infection
  • X-ray: X-ray of the affected joint can assess damage to the joint

Complications of Septic Arthritis if untreated

Yes, Septic Arthritis causes complications if it is not treated. Below is the list of complications and problems that may arise if Septic Arthritis is left untreated:
  • joint degeneration
  • permanent joint damage

Procedures for Treatment of Septic Arthritis

The following procedures are used to treat Septic Arthritis:
  • Surgery: To drain the infected joint fluid

Self-care for Septic Arthritis

The following self-care actions or lifestyle changes may help in the treatment or management of Septic Arthritis:
  • Do regular exercise: Maintains strength, flexibility and improves the posture
  • Using cool compresses: Help to reduce pain

Time for Treatment of Septic Arthritis

While time-period of treatment for each patient may vary, below is the typical time-period for Septic Arthritis to resolve if treated properly under an expert supervision:
  • In 1 - 4 weeks

Last updated date

This page was last updated on 2/04/2019.
This page provides information for Septic Arthritis.

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