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Optimum therapy in septic arthritis: to cut or not to cut?

Septic arthritis kills 10–15% of patients, despite advances in medical treatment over the past 50 years. Is it time to revisit the question of whether, in addition to medical treatment, joint surgery is necessary?

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Figure 1: Algorithm for management of the acute hot swollen joint.


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Field, M. Optimum therapy in septic arthritis: to cut or not to cut?. Nat Rev Rheumatol 6, 8–10 (2010).

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