Ureaplasma urealyticum septic arthritis in hypogammaglobulinemia.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

We describe a hypogammaglobulinemic man with erosive oligoarticular septic arthritis due to Ureaplasma urealyticum. His clinical course was complicated by a subcutaneous abscess. Multiple synovial cultures were negative until finally cultures specific for mycoplasmas were performed. Serologic diagnosis cannot be relied upon in hypogammaglobulinemic patients because they do not mount a perceptible antibody response. This underscores the importance of a high clinical suspicion of mycoplasmas as etiologic agents of septic arthritis in this population and early communication with the microbiology laboratory so that appropriate cultures for mycoplasmas can be performed and joint destruction minimized.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kraus, VB; Baraniuk, JN; Hill, GB; Allen, NB

Published Date

  • February 1, 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 369 - 371

PubMed ID

  • 3361546

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0315-162X


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Canada