volume 19, issue 4, P799-817 2005
DOI: 10.1016/j.idc.2005.07.004
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John J. Ross

Abstract: Septic arthritis has increased in incidence in the United States in the past two decades, and increasingly affects an older population with a greater burden of chronic illness and a higher risk for drug-resistant organisms. Successful management depends on a high diagnostic suspicion, empiric antibiotic treatment, and joint drainage. A bacteriologic diagnosis is more likely with inoculation into blood culture bottles than plating on solid media. As MRSA increases in prevalence in the community, empiric anti-bi…

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