Beyond osteoarthritis: recognizing and treating infectious and other inflammatory arthropathies in your practice.

@article{Haile2010BeyondOR,
  title={Beyond osteoarthritis: recognizing and treating infectious and other inflammatory arthropathies in your practice.},
  author={Zewdu Haile and Sanjeeb Khatua},
  journal={Primary care},
  year={2010},
  volume={37 4},
  pages={713-27, vi}
}
About 15% of patients presenting in a primary care clinic have joint pain as their primary complaint (level B). Disseminated gonorrhea is the most common cause of infectious arthritis in sexually active, previously healthy patients (level B). Prompt arthrocentesis, microscopic examination, and the culture of any purulent material plus appropriate antibiotic therapy are the mainstay of treatment in infectious arthritis (level C). Detailed history, including family history and comprehensive… CONTINUE READING

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