[Isolation of bacterial L forms from the joint fluid in rheumatoid arthritis in children]

Zh Mikrobiol Epidemiol Immunobiol. 1979 Jun:(6):102-4.
[Article in Russian]


In the bacteriological study of intra-articular fluid in 22 children with rheumatoid arthritis the L-forms were isolated in 11. Of these, 7 had not been treated with preparations of the penicillin series. The complete isolation of the focus of inflammation from the environment and the presence of the L-forms of bacteria in the children who had not been treated with preparations of the penicillin series gave us grounds for conclusions on the etiological and pathological significance of the L-forms of streptococci in rheumatoid arthritis.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • English Abstract

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Arthritis, Juvenile / drug therapy
  • Arthritis, Juvenile / microbiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • L Forms / isolation & purification*
  • Penicillins / therapeutic use
  • Recurrence
  • Streptococcus pyogenes / isolation & purification*
  • Synovial Fluid / microbiology*


  • Penicillins