Volume 6 | Issue 2 | May-August 2020 | Page: 4-6 | India Cox, Fergal Monsell
Authors : India Cox , Fergal Monsell 
 Department of Orthopaedics, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, UK.
 Department of Orthopaedics, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol, UK.
Address of Correspondence
Dr. India Cox,
Clinical Fellow Trauma and Orthopaedics, Musgrove
Park Hospital, Taunton, UK.
Septic arthritis is a clinical diagnosis but ultrasound has long been used as an adjunct, with a lack of effusion on ultrasound examination being viewed as a reassuring sign. This report describes two cases of children with clinical features suggestive of septic arthritis in whom initial ultrasound failed to demonstrate a joint effusion but subsequent arthrotomy confirmed septic arthritis. We discuss some potential reasons behind this and caution that wherever clinical suspicion exists, a negative ultrasound should not be viewed as ruling out septic arthritis.
Keywords: Septic arthritis; Ultrasound, joint effusion.
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|How to Cite this Article: Cox I, Monsell F | Beware The Negative Ultrasound: Two Cases Of Septic Arthritis Without Ultrasonographic Findings | International Journal of Paediatric Orthopaedics | May-August 2020; 6(2): 04-06.|