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Arthroscopic Management of a Rare Case of Melioidotic Septic Arthritis of the Ankle in a New Endemic Area on the Southwest Coast of India

A Case Report

Nair, Ayyappan Vijayachandran, DNB(Ortho)1,a; Menon, Vidya, MD1,b; Kumaran, Chandrababu K., MS1,c; Khan, Prince Shanavas, MS1,d; Kochukunju, Bhaskaran V., MS1,e; Kurian, Nishant, MS2,f

doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.16.00183
Case Reports

Case: We report a case of melioidotic septic arthritis of the ankle and secondary osteomyelitis of the talus in a 64-year-old farmer with diabetes mellitus. Arthroscopic drainage and debridement, followed by 6 months of appropriate antibiotic therapy, resulted in a good short-term outcome.

Conclusion: Melioidotic septic arthritis of the ankle is extremely rare. This case report highlights the possibility of this disease occurring on the Indian subcontinent.

1Department of Orthopaedics, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi, Kerala, India

2Apollo Hospital, Bangalore, India

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