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Septic arthritis of the elbow after chickenpox

Konyves, Arpada; Deo, Sunny D.b; Murray, James R.D.b; Mandalia, Vipul I.b; Von Arx, Otto A.b; Troughton, Alf H.c

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B: March 2004 - Volume 13 - Issue 2 - p 114-117

Musculoskeletal complications following chickenpox are rare among immunologically normal children. Septic arthritis after varicella is caused by group A Streptococcus and affects the knee most frequently. We present a case of septic arthritis of the elbow caused by Staphylococcus aureus. We review the English language literature on septic arthritis complicating chickenpox. We conclude that diagnosis and treatment should be carried out according to guidelines on de novo septic arthritis including the early use of magnetic resonance imaging.

aDepartment of Orthopaedics, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol

Departments of bOrthopaedics

cRadiology, Princess Margaret Hospital, Swindon, UK

Correspondence and requests for reprints to A. Konyves MRCSEd, Department of Orthopaedics, Frenchay Hospital, Frenchay Park Road, Bristol, BS16 1LE, UK

Tel: +44 7765 228312

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.