Guidelines for management of the hot swollen joint in adults

June 2017

General Practitioners

Country of origin: UK

Hot swollen joint is a common condition and has a wide differential diagnosis. The most serious is septic arthritis, but other underlying diagnoses include crystal arthritis, reactive arthritis and a monoarticular presentation of polyarthritis.

These guidelines focus on the diagnosis and management of septic arthritis and have been developed for use with adults who develop a hot swollen native joint acutely (typically with a history of two weeks or less) affecting any joint except the axial skeleton.

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