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What causes septic arthritis?

Septic arthritis is caused by infection of the joint, generally by bacteria, although it can be by other organisms such as mycobacteria or fungi. The bacteria may get into the joint because of injury or surgery at or near the joint, but can also travel from other parts of the body through 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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