Infectious arthritis is an infection in a joint. It may also be referred to as septic arthritis. It occurs when an infection caused by a bacteria or virus spreads to a joint or the fluid surrounding the joint. This fluid is called the synovial fluid. This infection usually begins in another area of the body and spreads through the bloodstream to the joint tissue. The infection may also enter the body through surgery, open wounds, or injections. Infectious arthritis usually only occurs in one joint. The condition typically affects a large joint such as the knee, hip, or shoulder. It occurs more often in children, older adults.
- Track 1-1 Septic Arthritis Prognosis, Complications & Causes
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