Septic Arthritis - Clinical Scenario

You're presented with a swollen, painful joint in a patient's left hand, suspected of septic arthritis. The focus is on detailed history, precise examination, targeted investigations, and tailored treatment to manage infection and prevent complications.
Septic Arthritis - Clinical Scenario

Clinical Scenario

A 65-year-old lady presents with a 5-day history of a single swollen painful joint of her left hand. She enjoys gardening. She is clinically well.

1. Obtain a relevant history of septic arthritis.
2. Examination of a joint.
3. Order relevant investigations.
4. Create a relevant treatment plan.
5. Identify complications of septic arthritis.

Primary Contributor:
Dr Waruguru Wanjau, Plastic Surgery Trainee, South Africa.

Dr Suzanne Thomson, Plastic Surgeon, Scotland.

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