volume 20, issue 4, P773-788 2006
DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2006.09.005
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Ignacio García-De La Torre

Abstract: Septic arthritis still continues to be a common and serious problem at major urban medical centers and is one of the most rapidly destructive forms of acute arthritis. The yearly incidence of bacterial arthritis varies from 2 to 10 per 100,000 in the general population to 30 to 70 per 100,000 in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and in patients with joint prostheses. Irreversible loss of joint function may develop in up to 50% of the patients. Despite better antimicrobial agents and improved hospital care, th…

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