Which physical findings are characteristic of septic arthritis in patients with Haemophilus influenzae infections?

Updated: Jul 02, 2019
  • Author: Joseph Adrian L Buensalido, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Answer

Hib septic arthritis affects single large joints (eg, knee, ankle, hip, elbow).

Symptoms, usually preceded by a URTI, include decreased range of motion, erythema, and warmth and swelling in affected joints, in addition to fever.

In adults, joint involvement can be monoarticular or polyarticular.

Extra-articular sites of infection, including those associated with meningitis, pneumonia, cellulitis, and sinusitis, may also be evident.


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