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What are the chances of septic arthritis coming back?

What are the chances of septic arthritis coming back?

Unlikely: Appropriately treated septic arthritis ( both proper antibiotic and length of treatment) should be curative. Unless a new bug has entered the joint it is unlike;ly that it would recur. If the original infection were not totally treated it can return. ...Read more

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 are the chances of septic arthritis recurring?

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

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I had septic shock about a month ago ! just wondering what the chances of me now getting septic arthritis as i'm having allot of pain in my elbow?

Septic shock : Recurrence of septic shock after having one depends on what caused the first episode. For example, if the first episode was due to a foreign source that has since been removed, the chance of recurrence is low. Certainly see your doctor soon for any concerns of recurrence as this can be life threatening. Joint pain after an ICU stay is common and this may be something unrelated to infection. ...Read more

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Osteomyelitis n septic arthritis surgery today. What chances of full recovery? Recovery time? How long does it take to clear the infection? Thank you

Osteomyelitis n septic arthritis surgery today. What chances of full recovery? Recovery time? How long does it take to clear the infection? Thank you

Depends: Infection in the joint and bone needs to be removed surgically. Typically one surgery is enough to remove all infected areas and a course of antibiotics for at least 10-14 days after. In many patients this operation needs to be repeated and can take months to heal. Your surgeon will best give you the expected time of healing and recovery. Good luck! ...Read more

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Chances of recurrence of septic arthritis in sternalclavicular joint. 2 surg to clean and debride and 1 surg removing cartilage 5 months IV antibiotic?

Chances of recurrence of septic arthritis in sternalclavicular joint. 2 surg to clean and debride and 1 surg removing cartilage 5 months IV antibiotic?

Low likelihood: Sternal clavicular septic arthritis is an unusual form of septic arthritis generally seen in diabetics. It is usually caused by Staphylococcus aureus though Gram negatives can cause this. Given the definitive procedure of washout and cartilage removal was performed, the risk of relapse is low. Work on addressing the risk factors that led this. Best wishes. ...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 is the definition or description of: Septic arthritis?

What is the definition or description of: Septic arthritis?

It means there is-: -an infection confined with in the joint. With no injury that penetrates into the joint the usual way bacteria enters the joint is blood bourn. ...Read more

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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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How is gout different than septic arthritis?

How is gout different than septic arthritis?

Gout: Gout is a form of arthritis, however septic arthritis is not really an arthritic process, it is caused by an infection and must be treated immediately by a doctor. ...Read more

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Are septic arthritis and osteomyelitis the same thing?

Are septic arthritis and osteomyelitis the same thing?

No: Septic arthritis is an infected joint while osteomyelitis is an infected ibone. ...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 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 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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Any long term effect from septic arthritis?

Any long term effect from septic arthritis?

Untreated ..yes: Untreated septic arthritis can permanently damage the joint, causing permanent disability. That's why we consider such a condition an orthopedic emergency, proper and prompt diagnosis and treatment can lead to a full uncomplicated recovery. ...Read more

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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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Can somebody plz tell me the symptoms of septic arthritis?

Can somebody plz tell me the symptoms of septic arthritis?

Septic arthritis: Hi Andrew: Septic arthritis, or infection of a joint is a medical emergency. Joint infection comes on rapidly with intense pain, joint swelling, inability to move the affected joint / limb and fever/ chills. If there is suspicion of infection, joint fluid must be aspirated and tested for bacteria (and also things like gout crystals). I hope this note is not for you! Nisha ...Read more

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Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has had septic arthritis?

Can you tell me what to expect with someone who has  had septic arthritis?

Long term: Long term issues are potential recurrent infection , degenerative arthritis and chronic synovitis. All of which could lead to further care either medical or surgical. ...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 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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My son has septic arthritis plus rhuematic fever and the doctors are confused. How should this be treated?

Rheumatic fever: Can cause migratory poly arthritis but is is possible that a septic joint due to group a strep perhaps may occur as well. ...Read more

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Are three any long term effects related to septic arthritis caused by streptococcus bacteria?

Are three any long term effects related to septic arthritis caused by streptococcus bacteria?

Can be: There can be long-term effects depending on whether there is damage in the joint. The faster the infection removed the better off we are. If the bacteria spreads to orher areas in the body there can be other areas of damage in the body. ...Read more

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I had septic arthritis three years ago and had a thr three months ago. Last weekend i was body slammed onto my replaced hip. I can now barely walk?

Get X-ray ASAP: See your surgeon asap and get an x-ray to rule out a fracture or dislocation of replaced joint. Get on crutches until then. Ice to hip. Modify your activities so the replaced hip will last as long as possible. Given your young age you might need revision surgery in 15-20 years if you continue high impact activity and 25-30 years if you are careful and stick to low impact aerobic exercise. ...Read more

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What is septic arthritis? And if one had a past infection would it be likely that this is the cause of sever pain now ? And were do I look for a doc

What is septic arthritis? And if one had a past infection would it be likely that this is the cause of sever pain now ? And were do I look for a doc

See below: Septic arthritis is a bacterial infection of a joint. If it is not treated early and effectively with antibiotics and drainage it can lead to joint destruction and chronic arthritis. See a rheumatologist to get evaluated. Good luck. I hope you can get some relief. ...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