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Prompt diagnosis of septic arthritis is necessary to prevent permanent damage to the joint.
In addition to a complete medical history and physical examination, diagnostic procedures for septic arthritis may include
• Removal of joint fluid - to examine for white blood cells and bacteria
• Blood tests - to detect bacteria
• Phlegm, spinal fluid, and urine tests - to detect bacteria and find the source of infection
• X-ray - a diagnostic test which uses invisible electromagnetic energy beams to produce images of internal tissues,
bones, and organs onto film
• Bone scan - a nuclear imaging method to evaluate any degenerative and/or arthritic changes in the joints; to
detect bone diseases and tumors; to determine the cause of bone pain or inflammation
• Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) - a diagnostic procedure that uses a combination of large magnets, radio
frequencies, and a computer to produce detailed images of organs and structures within the body.
• Radionuclide scans - nuclear scans of various organs to determine blood flow to the organs.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”