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Case Report
Polyarticular septic arthritis caused by Staphylococcus lugdunensis in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus
1 Department of Rheumatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.,Department of Rheumatology, Harvard School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA  
2 Department of Rheumatology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center,.Department of Rheumatology, Harvard School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts, USA  
Eur J Rheumatol ; : -
DOI: 10.5152/eurjrheum.2018.18037
Key Words: Lupus, septic arthritis, Staphylococcus lugdunensis
Abstract

Septic arthritis in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is rare and is reported in only 3% of patients. Contrary to lupus arthritis, which tends to be polyarticular in nature, primarily involving the small joints of the hands, septic arthritis is commonly monoarticular. Here, we present an unusual case of a patient with SLE, who developed oligoarticular inflammatory arthritis caused by a rare native joint pathogen Staphylococcus lugdunensis. The infection resulted in extensive early damage to the joints involved, highlighting the need for early diagnosis and treatment. 


Cite this article as: Laloo A, Kyttaris VC. Polyarticular septic arthritis caused by Staphylococcus lugdunensis in a patient with systemic lupus erythematosus. Eur J Rheumatol DOI: 10.5152/eurjrheum.2018.18037

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