What are the morbidities of septic arthritis?

Updated: Sep 03, 2019
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The primary morbidity of septic arthritis is significant dysfunction of the joint, even if treated properly. Fifty percent of adults with septic arthritis have significant sequelae of decreased range of motion or chronic pain after infection. [1] Thirty percent of cases of reactive arthritis may become chronic. Complications include dysfunctional joints, osteomyelitis, and sepsis.


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