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Doctor insights on: Septic Arthritis Of The Knee

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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Arthritis (Definition)

A condition where there 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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Why is my knee, 3 weeks after surgery for Septic Arthritis, hurt now more then ever? I believe the muscle spasms are causing the pain, but idk. Help!

Why is my knee, 3 weeks after surgery for Septic Arthritis, hurt now more then ever? I believe the muscle spasms are causing the pain, but idk. Help!

Septic arthritis: Healing from either septic arthritis or knee surgery often is slow; this doesn't sound abnormal. Septic arthritis also risks cartilage or bone damage that can be permanently painful. However, persisting or recurrent infection is always possible, especially if there is increasing redness or swelling, so don't take chances. Follow up ASAP with the doctor(s) treating you. Good luck! ...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

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Is septic arthritis curable?

Is septic arthritis curable?

Yes, but urgent: Successful treatment requires culture to identify the best antibiotic and emergency irrigation and cleansing of the joint. Usually 6 weeks of intravenous antibiotics is required. A delay or inadequate treatment can lead to loss of the joint and bone infection. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for septic arthritis?

See below: The treatment for a septic joint is usually IV antibiotics as well as drainage of the knee infection and sometimes a treatment called lavage to clean out the infection in the joint. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for septic arthritis?

What is the treatment for  septic arthritis?

Antibiotics, surgery: Treatment is to cure the infection. This is that with antibiotics. Surgical drainage may also be needed. This can be by needle aspiration recurrent draining, arthroscopic drainage or opening an infected joint and removing the infection. ...Read more

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My husband has septic arthritis. What will they do at the hospital to fix him?

My husband has septic arthritis. What will they do at the hospital to fix him?

Antibiotics drainage: He will be treated to cure the infection. This will be done by culturing the joint fluid, finding the correct antibiotics, facilitate drainage with either a neddle, arthroscopy, or open surgery. ...Read more

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What is septic arthritis?

Infection of joints: Septic arthritis is infection of joints often caused by bacteria. Diagnosis should be made promptly and treatment started immediatlet. Can be confused with gout. ...Read more

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What causes septic arthritis?

Germs: Infection by viruses, bacteria( such as strep, staph, tb, lyme (borrelia), gonorrhea, syphilis, and funguses. ...Read more

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What is it like to have septic arthritis?

What is it like to have septic arthritis?

Septic joints: A septic joint is almost always very swollen, very painful , red and hot. The exception would be a patient who is immuno-compromised as they could have an infection without such severe symptoms ...Read more

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What are the early symptoms of septic arthritis?

What are the early symptoms of septic arthritis?

Pain and swelling: The symptoms of septic arthritis include pain, swelling, and warmth. Inflammatory conditions like gout or pseudo gout can present similarly. The diagnosis is best made by aspiration of the knee (removal of fluid from the knee) and analysis of the fluid to rule out infection. ...Read more

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What are the chances of septic arthritis recurring?

Depends...: If incompletely treated, it can recur. If adjacent bone is infected it will recur. And if their is a "foreign body" in your joint, it is more likely to recur. This includes artificial joints! ...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 joint ...Read more