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What is septic arthritis?

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Septic arthritis, also known as infectious arthritis, is an inflammation of a joint caused by infection. It's usually caused by bacteria, but it also can be caused by a virus or fungus. Typically, septic arthritis affects one large joint in your body, such as your knee or hip.

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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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