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Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B:
doi: 10.1097/BPB.0000000000000016
Upper Limb

Septic arthritis of the elbow in a child due to Pseudomonas aeruginosa: a case report

Hatakenaka, Terue; Uemura, Kazutaka; Itsubo, Toshiro; Hayashi, Masanori; Uchiyama, Shigeharu; Kato, Hiroyuki

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We present a rare case of septic arthritis of the elbow in a child caused by Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection. In our patient, the 15-day delay before drainage may have led to the osteomyelitis of the capitulum and resulted in some persistent radiographic abnormalities. Although our patient has no subjective symptoms 5 years postoperatively, he has a slightly abnormal range of motion and gross lateral instability. Children with elbow pain and/or swelling with fever should be carefully examined for septic arthritis. Pseudomonas aeruginosa should always be kept in mind in such cases to avoid any delay in effective treatment.

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.


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