Other Names for this Disease
- Septic arthritis
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 Certain bacteria can cause a form of infectious arthritis called reactive arthritis, which appears to be caused by the immune system reacting to bacteria, rather than by the infection itself. In reactive arthritis, joint inflammation develops weeks, months or even years after the infection. Reactive arthritis happens most commonly after infections of the genital and gastrointestinal tracts. To diagnose infectious arthritis, your health care provider may do tests of your blood, urine, and joint fluid. Treatment includes medicines and sometimes surgery.Infectious arthritis is joint pain, soreness, stiffness and swelling caused by a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection that spreads from another part of the body. Depending on the type of infection, one or more joints may be affected.
Last updated: 3/31/2012
- Infectious Arthritis. MedlinePlus. March 2012; http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/infectiousarthritis.html. Accessed 3/31/2012.
- Infectious Arthritis. InteliHealth, Harvard Medical School. June 2008; http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtPrint/WSIHW000/9339/10181.html?hide=t&k=basePrint. Accessed 3/31/2012.
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- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) has a report for patients and families about this condition. NORD is a patient advocacy organization for individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them.
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- The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
- PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Infectious arthritis. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.