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    Default Septic arthritis?

    Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with this? My two year old is in hospital at the moment, and they think they have ruled it down to this.

    He woke up yesterday morning and couldn't walk. He is still not able to walk, but has had a few steps here and there.

    I know it's one of the better things he could have (they were looking at rheumatic fever, bone infection etc) but still a lil tough to take on board...

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    I have dealt with a little (not a lot) of this through work.

    Like anything, it can vary greatly in severity. Some kids improve reasonably quickly, some can take a little longer. From memory I think they put them on a strong antibiotic, & if that doesn't work they will do a "washout" - basically an operation where they go in and try and clean out some of the offending tissue.

    I have seen some kids that have had to have several washouts, but they all recovered fully & you wouldn't know there had been any problems.

    All the best, it can be very scary when your little ones are in hospital. Just make sure they have plenty of pain relief, and that you ask lots of questions of the Drs, physios etc so you feel in the loop xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunshine81 View Post
    I have dealt with a little (not a lot) of this through work.

    Like anything, it can vary greatly in severity. Some kids improve reasonably quickly, some can take a little longer. From memory I think they put them on a strong antibiotic, & if that doesn't work they will do a "washout" - basically an operation where they go in and try and clean out some of the offending tissue.

    I have seen some kids that have had to have several washouts, but they all recovered fully & you wouldn't know there had been any problems.

    All the best, it can be very scary when your little ones are in hospital. Just make sure they have plenty of pain relief, and that you ask lots of questions of the Drs, physios etc so you feel in the loop xx
    Thanks so much for your reply... The ended kind of assuming it was transient syunitis (sp?) after ruling out all the bad things (bone infection, rheumatic fever etc) they were a little baffled though so that is still a query...

    Good news is he is walking now, although every couple of days will randomly start to limp or can't walk, and has also been complaining of a sore back? (he doesn't complain ever even when he's had ear infections so very unusual) I'm thinking we may get a referral to the outpatient pediatrician just in case..


    Would still love to know if anyone has ever experienced anything like this?

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    I had septic arthritis in my elbow when I was 9 or 10 I guess. I had it drained under a general anaesthetic and then had to wear a half cast for a couple of weeks. I had let mine go untreated for weeks (I didn't tell mum I was in any pain so she didn't know until it got pretty bad and I couldn't use it) and it was apparently quite a severe case but all is good now. your DS is feeling better soon and feel free to ask if there is any other question I can answer for you.

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    One of my girls had septic arthritis in her right hip and was extremely ill. She was in hospital for 21 days, had two wash outs under generals, followed by another 6 weeks of antibiotics and visits to the ortho team for two years. She did eventually make a complete recovery though. We had never heard of it at the time (and I work with children so I thought I had heard and seen it all!) but have since heard of other cases....none quite as serious though as our daughter. for you and one for your little one too


 

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