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Definition of Septic arthritis

Septic arthritis: Joint inflammation caused by infection from blood poisoning (sepsis) or from infection within the affected joint itself, or as a side effect of infection in other body tissues. Treatment includes antibiotic medications and surgical drainage. Also known as pyarthosis and suppurative arthritis.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 3/30/2012

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