The Acute Swollen/Painful Joint

  • M. Rebecca Hoffman
  • J. Kevin Dorsey
  • Jerry E. Kruse


This chapter focuses on the evaluation of the adult patient with an acutely swollen, painful joint. A major concern with these patients is the possibility of infection of the joint space itself, which, untreated, can lead to permanent joint damage. Thus, the goal in the evaluation of these patients is to determine the etiology as quickly as possible.


Synovial Fluid Septic Arthritis Neisseria Gonorrhoeae Crystal Deposition Disease Elevated Serum Uric Acid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Rebecca Hoffman
    • 1
  • J. Kevin Dorsey
  • Jerry E. Kruse
  1. 1.Department of Family and Community Medicine and Department of Medical EducationSIU School of MedicineSpringfieldUSA

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