M183-4

Joint Fluid: Streptococcus pneumoniae – Shipped November 05, 2018 –

HISTORY

A simulated joint fluid collected from a 29 old asplenic male, with swollen knee was sent to category A laboratories.

Participants were expected to isolate Streptococcus pneumoniae and perform susceptibility testing.

MAIN EDUCATIONAL POINTS from M183-4

  1. S.pneumoniae is the third most common pathogen in septic arthritis (after Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes).
  2. Early diagnosis and commencement of appropriate therapy are important to reduce the significant morbidity and mortality associated with septic arthritis.

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