Pneumococcal Arthritis Associated with Primary Peritonitis in a Patient with Chronic Hepatitis C Infection

June 2004
Clinical Infectious Diseases;6/1/2004, Vol. 38 Issue 11, p1645
Academic Journal
Case Study
This article presents a case study of pneumococcal arthritis in a 72-year-old woman with chronic hepatitis C infection with cirrhosis, who presented with a 3-day history of left knee pain and swelling with fever. The physical examination showed a painful and swollen left knee, with a diminished range of motion, and mild abdominal tenderness and moderate ascites. Empirical treatment with cloxacillin and gentamicin was initiated, and surgical arthrocentesis was performed. Blood and ascitic fluid cultures were performed after 2 days of antibiotic treatment.


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