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Doctor insights on: Septic Arthritis Of The Knee

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Dr. Thomas Namey
2,357 doctors shared insights

Arthritis (Definition)

Arthritis is progressive degeneration of one or more joints. Symptoms may include joint pain, swelling, decreased motion, and stiffness. The two most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis, which is associated first with articular cartilage breakdown with a component of inflammation, and rheumatoid arthritis, which is a systemic autoimmune disorder that affects joint linings first and secondarily ...Read more


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What is it like to have septic arthritis after having knee surgery?

What is it like to have septic arthritis after having knee surgery?

See details: It is characterized often by major pain, swelling and fever. The diagnosis is confirmed by cultures especially from fluid aspirated from the knee. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has had septic arthritis after having knee surgery?

Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has had septic arthritis after having knee surgery?

Depends: Depends how quickly this complication was treated after initial surgery. If recognized early andf treated promptly with repeat surgery to irrigate out knee coupled with appropriate antibiotic therapy may expect complete recovery. If delay in treatment the infection is very toxic to cartilage and can irreversibly damage knee joint surfaces, pehaps leading to long term stiffness and pain. ...Read more

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Septic arthritis of knee, staph, cleaned out +5wk flucloxicillin IV finished 2wk ago. Knee ok+no fever,still v tired.How long til I recover (fit33yo)?

Septic arthritis of knee, staph, cleaned out +5wk flucloxicillin IV finished 2wk ago. Knee ok+no fever,still v tired.How long til I recover (fit33yo)?

Everyone's different: It's always hard to say as everyone's body responds/recovers at different rates. If you were very sick when you were first diagnosed and had to go to the ICU, it can sometime take months till those types of patients feel back to normal or close to it. ...Read more

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My knee has been hurting on and off for three days, not from trauma.I just finished antibiotics for strep throat. Does that rule out septic arthritis?

My knee has been hurting on and off for three days, not from trauma.I just finished antibiotics for strep throat. Does that rule out septic arthritis?

In septic arthritis: Pain would be continuous, joint swollen, and have limited ability to move the joint, antibiotics for strep throat won't clear it, what you probably have is mild knee sprain, no need for manifest trauma, a wrong move or a sudden twist way before the symptoms can cause it, pain killers and knee brace would help, also RICE, rest, ice compresses and elevation can help, if still suffering, c ur doctor ...Read more

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What are the tests for septic arthritis?

What are the tests for septic arthritis?

Labs/joint aspirate: Septic arthritis is a serious problem since bacteria destroy joint cartilage. If concerned you should seek medical attention (primary care or orthopaedic surgeon). Blood work can be suggestive of a diagnosis. A joint aspirate analyzed by the lab is usually diagnostic. ...Read more

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What is septic arthritis and how can it be treated?

What is septic arthritis and how can it be treated?

Infected joint: Septic means infection. A septic joiint is an infected joint. The treatment is to treat the infection and save the joint. ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of septic arthritis returning?

What is the likelihood of septic arthritis returning?

Low, but possible!: If properly treated, sometimes needing debridement as well as antibiotic therapy, it is likely you would be cured. In some instances debritis inside the joint "hides" bacteria from the antibiotics and it returns. This usually happens fairly quickly. With time passage, the chance of recurrence is quite low! ...Read more

Dr. Robert Lowe
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Painful Joints (Definition)

That term is not really a specific diagnosis, but rather somewhat of a general term. The medical term is arthralgias, which implies pain in multiple joint possibly coming from a single cause. Don't hesitate to be seen and evaluated for ...Read more


Dr. Martin Raff
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Septic Arthritis (Definition)

-an infection confined with in the joint. With no injury that penetrates into the joint the usual way bacteria enters the ...Read more