Which factors are predictors of poor outcome in septic arthritis?

Updated: Sep 03, 2019
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Predictors of poor outcome in suppurative arthritis include the following: [22]

  • Age older than 60 years

  • Infection of the hip or shoulder joints

  • Underlying rheumatoid arthritis

  • Positive findings on synovial fluid cultures after 7 days of appropriate therapy

  • Delay of 7 days or longer in instituting therapy


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