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Beware The Negative Ultrasound: Two Cases Of Septic Arthritis Without Ultrasonographic Findings

Volume 6 | Issue 2 | May-August 2020 | Page: 4-6 | India Cox, Fergal Monsell

Authors : India Cox [1], Fergal Monsell [2]

[1] Department of Orthopaedics, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton, UK.

[2] 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.
E-mail: india.cox@gmail.com


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.

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