Septic arthritis of the knee

Septic arthritis of the knee

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Caption: MODEL RELEASED. MODEL RELEASED. Septic arthritis of the knee joint of an 88 year old woman, due to Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Septic arthritis, also known as pyogenic arthritis or infective arthritis, is caused by invasion of bacteria into a joint where they cause an infection. The infected joint becomes red, painful and swollen. Treatment includes painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs, physiotherapy and joint replacement surgery.

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