Acute monoarthritis: What is the cause of my patient's painful swollen joint?

Ma, Lingling; Cranney, Ann; Holroyd-Leduc, Jayna M.
January 2009
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;1/6/2009, Vol. 180 Issue 1, p59
Academic Journal
The article presents a case of a 50-year-old man who was taken to the emergency department due to a 24-hour pain and swelling of his right knee. The man does not have any injury or trauma, has no history of joint disease or joint surgery or any family history of arthritis. It cites the possibility that the patient suffers from acute monoarthritis. It discusses the differential diagnosis of acute monoarthritis. It also presents the proper approach to diagnose acute monoarthritis that involves evaluation of the patient's history and physical examination. It also features several ways to detect common causes of acute monoarthritis. Moreover, details on the patient's further history and physical examination are also provided.


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