Pitfalls in the diagnosis of infection around the shoulder joint--report of three cases

Bull NYU Hosp Jt Dis. 2010;68(1):51-4.

Abstract

Infection around the shoulder joint is rare. Clinical suspicion and diagnostic imaging are required for accurate diagnosis. We present three cases that emphasise particular diagnostic challenges when dealing with infection around the shoulder joint. Discussion includes the role of ultrasound as a screening tool and the importance of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in the accurate diagnosis and localisation of infections around the shoulder.

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diagnostic Errors / prevention & control
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Inflammation / microbiology
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Orthopedic Procedures
  • Pain Measurement
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Shoulder Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Shoulder Joint / microbiology*
  • Shoulder Joint / physiopathology
  • Shoulder Pain / microbiology*
  • Shoulder Pain / physiopathology
  • Shoulder Pain / therapy
  • Staphylococcal Infections / complications
  • Staphylococcal Infections / diagnosis*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / microbiology
  • Staphylococcal Infections / physiopathology
  • Staphylococcal Infections / therapy
  • Staphylococcus aureus / isolation & purification*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Ultrasonography

Substances

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents