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What are the symptoms of septic arthritis?

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Symptoms of septic arthritis usually come on rapidly with intense pain, joint swelling, and fever. Septic arthritis symptoms may include:

  • Chills
  • Fatigue and generalized weakness
  • Fever
  • Inability to move the limb with the infected joint
  • Severe pain in the affected joint, especially with movement
  • Swelling (increased fluid within the joint)
  • Warmth (the joint is red and warm to touch because of increased blood flow)

From: Septic Arthritis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

JAMA: "Septic Arthritis."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Septic Arthritis."

Medline Plus: "Septic Arthritis."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 22, 2017

SOURCES:

JAMA: "Septic Arthritis."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Septic Arthritis."

Medline Plus: "Septic Arthritis."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 22, 2017

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