Bone and joint infections

Presentation

Appropriate Tests

Pain, swelling, redness, oedema, limitation of movement, and possibly systemic symptoms and signs

Microscopy and culture, serology, histopathology.

See also Osteomyelitis, Arthritis, Gout, Lyme disease, Tuberculosis, Rheumatic fever, Ross River virus, Staphylococcus aureus.

Blood culture, Urea, Electrolytes, Glucose, consider Liver function tests, Urate and C-Reactive protein, Full blood count, Ward test urine and MCS if positive, joint fluid MCS.

See Guideline on Pathology testing in the Emergency department: Appendix 2.