Septic Arthritis

We have discussed several entities that may lead to a child limping. We have covered osteomyelitis, plantar punctures, and toddler’s fractures. ¬†We have also touched upon Osgood Schlatter’s Disease, SCFE, osteosarcoma and even Growing Pains. Now let us review a topic that always crosses our minds when considering the painful extremity: Septic Arthritis.   Septic Arthritis: Basics Septic arthritis is an infection in the joint space and synovial fluid. Can occur by hematogenous spread of bacteria or direct inoculation. Often associated with adjacent osteomyelitis. [Nduaguba, 2015] High Risk populations = children less than 2 years of age, immunocompromised, and patients … Continue reading Septic Arthritis