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Pediatric Septic (Infectious) Arthritis

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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Rheumatology Treatment at Children's National Hospital

Pediatric specialists at Children's National Hospital in Washington, D.C., have the expertise to diagnose, treat and manage autoimmune and inflammatory disorders in a growing child's muscles, tissues and joints. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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Providers Who Treat Septic (Infectious) Arthritis

    Departments that Treat Septic (Infectious) Arthritis

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    The Division of Rheumatology aims to improve the health and quality of life for children with rheumatic diseases and musculoskeletal disorders through comprehensive, patient-focused care, including testing, treatment, and patient and family education programs.

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