Acute bacterial arthritis in the adult

Orthop Rev. 1988 Oct;17(10):955-60.


Suppurative arthritis can be a complex and vexing problem. Formal arthrotomy is among the many successful approaches for the treatment of septic joints in the adult, however, it is not without morbidity and may not always be required. The clinical features, pathophysiology, and treatment of this disorder are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acute Disease
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Arthritis, Infectious / diagnosis
  • Arthritis, Infectious / physiopathology*
  • Arthritis, Infectious / therapy
  • Autoimmune Diseases / physiopathology
  • Bacterial Infections / immunology
  • Bacterial Infections / physiopathology*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Drainage
  • Endotoxins
  • Humans
  • Prognosis
  • Therapeutic Irrigation


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Endotoxins