What are the treatment options for native joint infections of septic arthritis?

Updated: Sep 19, 2017
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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In native joint infections, antibiotics usually need to be administered parenterally for at least 2 weeks. However, each case must be evaluated independently. Infection with either methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) or methicillin-susceptible S aureus (MSSA) requires at least 4 full weeks of intravenous antibiotic therapy. Orally administered antimicrobial agents are almost never indicated in the treatment of S aureus infections.


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