Upon completion of this article, you should be able to:
Identify the most common causes for emergency department arthritis presentations
Discuss the value of serum blood tests and arthrocentesis in diagnosing septic arthritis
Diagnose acute arthritis and septic arthritis
Discuss emerging presentations of acute joint pain.
Date of Original Release: January 1, 2022. Date of most recent review: December 10, 2021. Termination date: January 1, 2025.
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