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We examined 204 children (137 boys and 67 girls) aged 12 years and under with septic arthritis. Their mean age was 31.1 months (1 to 144; SD 41.6). The most common joints affected were the knees and shoulders. Joints in the upper limb were affected more often in younger children and in the lower limb in those who were older. The mean age for an infection was 12 months in the shoulder and 73 months in the hip. The most common organisms cultured were species of Salmonella.

Original publication

DOI

10.1302/0301-620x.87b11.16735

Type

Journal article

Journal

The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume

Publication Date

11/2005

Volume

87

Pages

1545 - 1548

Addresses

Department of Surgery, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Private Bag 360, Chichiri, Blantyre, Malawi, Africa. lavy@malawi.net

Keywords

Knee Joint, Shoulder Joint, Humans, Salmonella Infections, Arthritis, Infectious, Severity of Illness Index, Incidence, Prospective Studies, Seasons, Age Factors, Age Distribution, Child, Child, Preschool, Infant, Malawi, Female, Male