- Arthritis is inflammation of a joint (redness, warmth, pain, swelling, loss of function) that may be acute or chronic, and affect one or multiple joints.
- septic arthris (direct, hematogenous) e.g. staph, gonococcal
- gout, pseudogout
- seronegative sponyloarthritis (occasionally)
Causes of acute polyarthritis
- infection – viral, bacterial
- onset of chronic polyarthritis
- rheumatoid arthrtiis
- seronegative spondyloarthritis
- primary osetoarthritis
- gout, pseudogout or hydroxyapatite arthropathy
- CTDs e.g. SLE
- infection e.g. Lyme arthritis, ross river virus
References and Links
Journal Articles and Textbooks
- Talley NJ, O’Connor S. Clinical Examination: A Systematic Guide to Physical Diagnosis. MacLennan and Petty. 3rd edition, 1998.