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.
Several. If the diagnosis is delayed by two weeks, structural damage will occur to the joint. To get septic arthritis, one must have another site infected, spreading to the joint with blood flow. Only other ways are from a contiguous infection (bone, skin, etc.) or direct penetration of the joint. Early DX and effective antibiotic rx is most important!

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
Varies. Exam would typically show a swollen, red, hot joint that is extremely painful. Drawing fluid out is the joint and looking at it in the lab is usually the next step, followed by a washout and an antibiotic. MRI scan can sometimes be of help and will usually show a large fluid collection. Read more...

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...

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...