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July 16, 1982

Management of Septic Arthritis

JAMA. 1982;248(3):308. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330030021009

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To the Editor.—  I would be remiss in not adding my comments to those that are sure to be made on the article by Ho and Su. As an orthopedic surgeon familiar with the ravages caused by pus in a joint, I do not believe in the medical management of septic arthritis. I believe that most orthopedic surgeons consider a purulent joint to be a "surgical" emergency that requires prompt evacuation, lest irretrievable damage be done to the articular cartilage.