Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Arthritis Septic Underlying Cause

Septic arthritis is caused by a bacterial infection. The bacteria may enter the joint from a wound, or the bacteria may spread to the joint through the bloodstream from another location in the body. Septic arthritis is more common in those who have a weak immune system.

Causes of septic arthritis include:

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Last Updated: Feb 9, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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