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Fungal Arthritis

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Fungal arthritis facts

  • Fungal arthritis is inflammation of a joint by a fungus microorganism that has invaded the body and is growing in the normally sterile joint.
  • Fungal arthritis can be caused by the spread of fungus through the bloodstream or by directly inserting fungus into a joint.
  • Fungal arthritis in people with normal immune systems is rare.
  • Symptoms of fungal arthritis include pain, heat, swelling, warmth, redness, and loss of range of motion of the affected joint.
  • Fungal arthritis is diagnosed by analyzing affected joint fluid.
  • Fungal arthritis is treated with antibiotics that are directed against the precise fungal microbe that is causing the joint infection.
  • The outlook for fungal arthritis is directly related to how much damage occurs to the cartilage and bone of the joint. Earlier treatment leads to optimal outcomes.

What is fungal arthritis?

Fungal arthritis is inflammation of a joint by a fungus microorganism that has invaded the body and is growing in the normally sterile joint. Fungal infection of a joint is a serious condition that can lead to permanent damage to the joint with loss of function. Fungal arthritis is also referred to as mycotic arthritis.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/2/2016

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/fungal_arthritis/article.htm

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