What is the prognosis of viral arthritis?

Updated: Nov 12, 2019
  • Author: Rabea Ahmed Khouqeer, MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Viral arthritis is generally mild and self-limited, typically lasting no longer than a few weeks. There is no specific treatment for the arthritis; simple symptomatic measures (eg, analgesics, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [NSAIDs], or, occasionally, low-dose prednisone) are sufficient. [12]

The major morbidity of viral arthritis is joint dysfunction. Mortality depends on the type of virus causing the arthritis and on the duration of infection.


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