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Panminerva Medica 1999 June;41(2):171-4

language: English

Pneumococcal ­arthritis in the wrist and ankle. A case ­report and short ­review of the lit­er­a­ture

Levi N., Peterson J.*, Larsen C. F., Hede A.

From the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and * Rheumatology, Rigshospital University of Copenhagen, Denmark


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In ­this ­paper we ­report a 48-­year-old man ­with ­septic ­arthritis of the ­wrist and ­ankle due to Streptococcus pneu­moniae. No ­known pre­dis­posing ­factor was ­found. Only ­about 300 ­cases of pneu­mo­coccal ­arthritis ­have ­been ­reported in the lit­er­a­ture ­since 1888 and ­less ­than 10% of ­these ­affect the ­wrist. The man­age­ment of bac­te­rial ­arthritis is ­reviewed.

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