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Does this adult patient have septic arthritis?
Article Type: Reviews of effectiveness From: Clinical Governance: An International Journal, Volume 13, Issue 2.
M.E. Margaretten, J. Kohlwes, D. Moore and S. BentJAMA 2007Vol. 297pp. 1478-88
The authors concluded that clinical findings identify patients with peripheral monoarticular arthritis who might have septic arthritis; synovial white blood cells and percentage of polymorphonuclear cells from arthrocentesis are necessary to assess the likelihood before other results are available. Since the results do not necessarily substantiate these conclusions and given the review’s limitations, the conclusions have to be regarded with caution.