Surgical treatment of septic arthritis is superior

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7004.569b (Published 26 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:569
  1. Malcolm Rawes
  1. Clinical lecturer in orthopaedic surgery University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX

    EDITOR,--I am concerned by T R Southwood's suggestions for the management of childhood septic arthritis.1 Southwood suggests that affected joints should be aspirated for diagnostic purposes before treatment with antibiotics is given. This practice seems to be common among rheumatologists and results in …

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