Neonatal Septic Arthritis in Great Apes

Summary Information

Diseases / List of Bacterial Diseases / Disease summary
Alternative Names  
Disease Agents
  • Staphylococcus aureus, enteric bacteria. (B23.50.w50)
  • Occurs when the bacteria localise in the joints. (B23.50.w50)
  • Can be associated with trauma. (B23.50.w50)
Infectious Agent(s) --
Non-infectious Agent(s) --
Physical Agent(s) --
General Description
Clinical signs
  • Heat and swelling of the affected joint(s). (B23.50.w50)
  • Tenderness of the affected joint(s). (B23.50.w50)
  • Enlargement of regional lymph nodes. (B23.50.w50)
Further Information Uncommon. Rarely develops to osteomyelitis, unless trauma is involved. (B23.50.w50)
  • Drain the joint by arthrocentesis or incision. (B23.50.w50)
  • Give antibiotics; choice should be based on initial microscopic examination of a Gram-stained smear of exudate from the joint, and on culture and sensitivity testing. (B23.50.w50)
Associated Techniques
Host taxa groups /species
Author Dr Debra Bourne MA VetMB PhD MRCVS (V.w5)

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