How are nongonococcal and gonococcal septic arthritis differentiated?

Updated: Sep 07, 2018
  • Author: Brian Wong, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Nongonococcal septic arthritis can be caused by a variety of organisms, but it presents with an acute onset of joint swelling and pain. Culture of joint fluid commonly reveals organisms. This type of arthritis is a destructive form of arthritis that is usually monoarticular. It most frequently occurs in children and elderly persons. Immediate treatment with antibiotics is indicated.


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