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How is septic arthritis diagnosed?

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A procedure called arthrocentesis is commonly used to diagnose septic arthritis. A surgeon takes a sample of fluid from the affected joint and sends it to a lab for testing. X-rays are also typically done to look for joint damage, and blood tests can check for inflammation.

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JAMA: "Septic Arthritis."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Septic Arthritis."

Medline Plus: "Septic Arthritis."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 26, 2020

SOURCES:

JAMA: "Septic Arthritis."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Septic Arthritis."

Medline Plus: "Septic Arthritis."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on January 26, 2020

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