Septic arthritis - infection with resulting inflammation within a joint - is an emergency. Not only can it rapidly destroy a joint or irreversibly impair joint function, it may be fatal.1 So although the condition is not common, affecting between 2 and 10 per 100,000 people each year in the UK, it must be recognised and tackled promptly. Here we review the management of septic arthritis, particularly that of bacterial origin.
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