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Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedic Surgery)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

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Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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  • Limbs feel hot

  • Both hips hurt

  • Fever then no fever then fever again

  • Periodic fever (>100.4°F / 38°C)

  • Joint pain even when lying down

  • Remittent fever of 102.2°F / 39°C

  • Joint aches are slowly increasing

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What is Septic Arthritis?

Septic arthritis is an infection of a joint space. This can be caused by a wound that penetrates the joint allowing bacteria to enter, complications following surgery, or by bacteria traveling from distant sites via the bloodstream into the joint.

Typical Symptoms of Septic Arthritis

  • Hands and feet feel hot

  • Taking steroids

  • Fever

  • On medications that suppresses the immune system

  • Joint pain

  • History of joint injections

  • Swelling of the affected area

  • Difficulty moving the joint(s)

Doctor's Diagnostic Questionson Septic Arthritis

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this disease:

  • Are your hands or feet hot?

  • Are you currently taking steroids?

  • Do you have a fever?

  • Are you taking any immune-suppressing medications?

  • Do you have joint pain?

Treatmentof Septic Arthritis

Treatment involves eradicating the infection with a combination of antibiotics and surgical intervention. Surgery involves washing the joint to eliminate bacteria, this can be done with minimally invasive or open techniques. In some cases, like joint replacements, any implants may need to be removed to eliminate the infection and later replaced.

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References

  • Ross JJ. Septic Arthritis of Native Joints. Infect Dis Clin North Am. 2017 Jun;31(2):203-218. doi: 10.1016/j.idc.2017.01.001. Epub 2017 Mar 30. PMID: 28366221.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0891552017300016?via%3Dihub

  • Horowitz DL, Katzap E, Horowitz S, Barilla-LaBarca ML. Approach to septic arthritis. Am Fam Physician. 2011 Sep 15;84(6):653-60. PMID: 21916390.

    https://www.aafp.org/pubs/afp/issues/2011/0915/p653.html

  • García-Arias M, Balsa A, Mola EM. Septic arthritis. Best Pract Res Clin Rheumatol. 2011 Jun;25(3):407-21. doi: 10.1016/j.berh.2011.02.001. PMID: 22100289.

    https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1521694211000258?via%3Dihub

  • Wall C, Donnan L. Septic arthritis in children. Aust Fam Physician. 2015 Apr;44(4):213-5. PMID: 25901405.

    https://www.racgp.org.au/afp/2015/april/septic-arthritis-in-children/

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Reviewed By:

Kent C Doan, MD

Kent C Doan, MD (Orthopedic Surgery)

Dr Doan Graduated from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine and completed residency training in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado. He completed additional fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. He is a practicing Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in complex and revision knee and shoulder surgery at the Kansas City Orthopedic Institute. He also holds an assistant professorship at the University of Kansas City.

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD

Tomohiro Hamahata, MD (Orthopedic Surgery)

Dr. Hamahata graduated from the Jikei University of Medical Science. After working at Asanokawa General Hospital and Kosei Chuo Hospital, he joined the Department of Orthopedics at Asakusa Hospital in April 2021, specializing in general orthopedics and joint replacement surgery.

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