What is the role of surgical drainage for gonococcal-infected joints in patients with septic arthritis?

Updated: Sep 03, 2019
  • Author: John L Brusch, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Purulent gonococcal arthritis requires frequent joint drainage. However, the joints of patients with disseminated gonococcemia characterized by the triad of tenosynovitis, dermatitis, and polyarthralgia rarely require surgical drainage. [44]


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