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Septic Arthritis: General Orders and Treatment

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Evaluation (before antibiotics are infused)

Treatment

drainage:

  • drainage can be provided by repeated closed needle aspiration, arthroscopy, or arthrotomy;
    • septic hip demands open drainage;
    • if joint cannot be adequately drained because of loculations or if the joint is not responding clinically with gradually decreasing synovial-fluid leukocyte counts and negative cultures, open surgical drainage will be necessary