Infectious Arthritis

  • Nicola BermanEmail author
  • Brian D. Golden


Infectious arthritis, due to viral, bacterial, or fungal etiologies, is a common cause of joint inflammation and can vary in clinical presentation based on the particular infectious etiology and the host characteristics. Though bacterial organisms are the most common and usually present with a monoarticular or oligoarticular arthritis, viral arthritis predominantly presents with polyarticular involvement and can mimic inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid arthritis. The most important aspect of evaluation is to perform an arthrocentesis in order to identify the organism, or in cases of viruses, sending the appropriate serologic workup. Following this, antibiotic treatment should be tailored to the correct organism, and additional measures such as drainage should be considered. Prompt evaluation is important to prevent long-term sequelae of infection and inflammation leading to permanent joint damage.


Infection Arthritis MSSA/MRSA Prosthetic joint infection Arthrocentesis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northwell Health Department of RheumatologyLenox Hill HospitalNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Hofstra School of MedicineHempsteadUSA
  3. 3.NYU School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  4. 4.NYU School of Medicine, Division of RheumatologyNYU Langone HealthNew YorkUSA

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