JAMA 2007 Apr;297(13):1478-88
Division of Rheumatology, Prime Program, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, CA 94143-0633, USA.
Context: In patients who present with an acutely painful and swollen joint, prompt identification and treatment of septic arthritis can substantially reduce morbidity and mortality.
Objective: To review the accuracy and precision of the clinical evaluation for the diagnosis of nongonococcal bacterial arthritis.
Data Sources: Structured PubMed and EMBASE searches (1966 through January 2007), limited to human, English-language articles and using the following Medical Subject Headings terms: arthritis, infectious, physical examination, medical history taking, diagnostic tests, and sensitivity and specificity. Read More