Friday, July 16, 2010

RED FLAG FRIDAY: Joint Swelling

Joint effusions are common. Most often they are related to injury. But if a patient presents with joint swelling AND fever, that combo is a septic joint until proven otherwise. I usually do a STAT referral to an ER who will then do a STAT orthopedic surgery consult! Although other conditions can cause joint swelling and fevers, this is not one to miss or blow off.


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