Bacterial arthritis in the elderly

Gerontology. 1986;32(4):222-7. doi: 10.1159/000212794.


The clinical and microbiological features of bacterial arthritis in 21 elderly patients presenting to hospitals in an English health district over the decade 1973-1982 are reviewed. Differences from bacterial arthritis in younger patients include the high prevalence (71%) of underlying joint disease, infections more commonly affecting the hip (38%), absence of constitutional features of toxaemia and delay in diagnosis. Outcome in elderly patients is markedly worse, with an appreciable mortality attributable to the condition.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Arthritis, Infectious / complications
  • Arthritis, Infectious / etiology*
  • Arthritis, Infectious / therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immobilization
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Staphylococcal Infections*
  • Suction


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents