Key Points About Septic Arthritis in a Child
- Septic arthritis is an infection in the joint fluid (synovial fluid) and joint tissues. It occurs more often in children than adults.
- Different types of bacteria, viruses and fungi can infect a joint.
- Symptoms include fever, joint pain, swelling, redness and warmth.
- Quick treatment with antibiotics if bacteria are the source of infection is needed to stop the risk for joint damage.
- Other treatments include medicines for pain and fever, draining the joint, physical therapy and splints.
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