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Pediatric Septic (Infectious) Arthritis

Key Points About Septic Arthritis in a Child

  • Septic arthritis is an infection in the joint fluid (synovial fluid) and joint tissues. It occurs more often in children than adults.
  • Different types of bacteria, viruses and fungi can infect a joint.
  • Symptoms include fever, joint pain, swelling, redness and warmth.
  • Quick treatment with antibiotics if bacteria are the source of infection is needed to stop the risk for joint damage.
  • Other treatments include medicines for pain and fever, draining the joint, physical therapy and splints.
Children's Team

Children's Team

Providers

Emily Hattwick

Emily Hattwick

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist
Ben Martin

Benjamin Martin

Associate Chief, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
Spine, Hip, Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Sean Tabaie

Sean Tabaie

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Cerebral Palsy, Limb Lengthening and Deformity, Orthopaedic Trauma Specialist
Robert Wilson

Robert Wilson

Orthopaedic Surgeon
Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist
Departments

Departments

Rheumatology

The Division of Rheumatology aims to improve the health and quality of life for children with rheumatic diseases and musculoskeletal disorders through comprehensive, patient-focused care, including testing, treatment, and patient and family education programs.