What is the mortality rate for septic arthritis?

Updated: Sep 03, 2019
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The mortality rate depends primarily on the causative organism. N gonorrhoeae septic arthritis carries an extremely low mortality rate, whereas that of S aureus can approach 50%. [22] S aureus is the most common cause of septic arthritis in all age groups. Among those aged 15-50 years, N gonorrhea runs a close second, especially among those who are sexually active.

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