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Revista del Nacional (Itauguá)

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REAL DELOR, Raúl Emilio  and  MARTINEZ GIMENEZ, Edison Manuel. Clinical characteristics of septic arthritis in adult patients hospitalized at the Hospital Nacional between 2015 and 2019. Rev. Nac. (Itauguá) [online]. 2020, vol.12, n.1, pp.14-27. ISSN 2072-8174.


septic arthritis is an infectious emergency since early diagnosis and prompt treatment allow to reduce complications.


to describe the clinical and demographic characteristics of patients with septic arthritis.


retro and prospective observational study of adult patients with septic arthritis admitted to the Servicios de Clínica Médica y Traumatología del Hospital Nacional, Itauguá-Paraguay between 2015 and 2019. Demographic, clinical and bacteriological variables were measured. Septic arthritis was confirmed with clinical and bacteriological criteria.


the sample included 66 cases, with a mean age of 53 ± 16 years and a predominance of males (80,8 %). The predominant comorbidity was diabetes mellitus (63,6 %). The most frequently isolated germ was Staphylococcus aureus (40,3 %). Surgical treatment was required in 80 % of the cases. There were 5 deaths.


septic arthritis predominated in male adults, most of them diabetics. S. aureus was the most frequently isolated germ. Mortality was 7,5 %.

Keywords : septic arthritis; Staphylococcus aureus; diabetes mellitus.

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