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Septic Arthritis

Jul 20, 2008
Considered as the most dangerous form of acute arthritis, septic arthritis is caused by a bacterial infection in the joint cavity. Usually there is a primary site of infection from where bacteria spread. The site of infection is often along adjacent bone or soft tissue. Bacterial spread is usually through the bloodstream going to the joints. It is estimated that in the general population of 100,000 people, about 2 to 10 of them suffer from septic arthritis.

If you are already shocked by now, don't panic. Just read on and learn more about this deadly disease in order to provide timely medical assistance and saving yourself or your loved ones from the hazards of this fatal disease.

This type of arthritis can strike people of any age group; even infants can suffer from this disease. When it comes to adults, this disease mainly affects the joints that bear weight such as the knee. In children, the disease mainly attacked the hips, knees and shoulders. When it comes to genre that's at maximum risk to get affected from this disease, male homosexuals and women are the main targets.

Septic Arthritis is also known widely as pyogenic arthritis or infectious arthritis. It is a very serious type of infection of the joint. The medical condition is usually considered as a medical emergency as it has the potential to damage the cartilage and bone. It can also create septic shock which is a fatal condition.

This disease can strike at any age group. Even infants and children can affect from it. The weight bearing joints including knee is affected in adults. In children, the same disease is caused in hips, shoulders and knees.

There are several causes of the disease. It tends to occur only when a certain type of infecting organism, mainly bacteria reaches a joint. The bacteria can easily get in to a joint via the blood stream or the surgery. An injury or injection directly to the joint can also contaminate the joint.
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