What is the most important historical feature in septic arthritis?

Updated: Sep 03, 2019
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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The most important historical feature is the existence of underlying joint disease, especially rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, the possibility of recent injury to the joint or penetrating or blunt trauma must be explored. Ask the patient about needle aspiration of the joint or injections of corticosteroids into the joint. Elicit a history of diarrheal disease.


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