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Nongonococcal Infectious Arthritis

Nongonococcal Infectious Arthritis Introduction Background Nongonococcal infectious arthritis is an acute or subacute illness with potentially significant morbidity and mortality. Bacteria, mycobacteria, and fungi can cause the disease. Both healthy individuals and individuals with predisposing conditions can be infected. Nongonococcal infectious arthritis is typically a monoarticular disease, but, in approximately 10% of patients, it affects multiple joints. Without treatment, the condition results in joint destruction. Pathophysiology

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Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease Introduction Background Lyme disease is due to infection with the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi and the body’s immune response to the infection. In Europe, the rash (then called erythema chronicum migrans [ECM]) was first described at the beginning of the 20th century. The neurologic manifestations and the association with Ixodes ticks (also known as deer ticks; see Image 1) were recognized by the mid 1930s and were known as tick-borne meningoencephalitis. In the United States, Lyme disease was not…

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Gonococcal Arthritis ?>

Gonococcal Arthritis

Gonococcal Arthritis Introduction Background Gonococcal arthritis is the most common acute septic arthritis in young adults. It is caused by the gram-negative diplococcus Neisseria gonorrhoeae. Although the pathogenesis of articular involvement is controversial, it is ultimately a consequence of disseminated gonococcal infection (DGI). Gonococcal arthritis manifests as either a bacteremic infection (arthritis-dermatitis syndrome) in 60% of cases or as a localized septic arthritis in the other 40%. Arthritis-dermatitis syndrome includes the classic triad of dermatitis, tenosynovitis, and migratory polyarthritis. Patients…

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Gout Introduction Background Gout is a common disorder of uric acid metabolism that can lead to deposition of monosodium urate (MSU) crystals in soft tissue, recurrent episodes of debilitating joint inflammation, and, if untreated, joint destruction and renal damage. Gout is definitively diagnosed based on the demonstration of urate crystals in aspirated synovial fluid.

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Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease

Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease Introduction Background Calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease (CPDD) is a metabolic arthropathy resulting from the deposition of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) in and around joints, especially in articular and fibrocartilage. Although CPDD often is asymptomatic, with only radiographic changes (ie, chondrocalcinosis), various clinical manifestations may occur, including acute (pseudogout) and chronic arthritis. Although almost any joint may be involved, the knees, wrists, and hips are most commonly affected. This condition is the most common cause of secondary…

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