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How is septic arthritis diagnosed?

Septic arthritis is diagnosed by analysis of synovial fluid, withdrawn from the space within the joint by a needle. Blood tests may also be done to detect the presence of bacteria in the bloodstream.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 24 Oct 2014
Last reviewed: 17 Oct 2018
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