Septic Joint: A Limb-Threatening Infection - RAD14

Septic Joint: A Limb-Threatening Infection

by Steven S. Bhimji, MD, PhD and Catherine J. Swift, MT(ASCP) and Olive Peart, MS, RT(R)(M)
(4.6 / 217 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Radiologic Technology (1.00 CE Credit)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


Suppurative arthritis is classified as either gonococcal or nongonococcal. In younger sexually active people, nearly three-fourths of cases are due to Neisseria gonorrhoeae. In children and older people, Staphylococcus aureus is the cause of most cases of septic arthritis. The increased incidence of S. aureus parallels the use of prosthetic joints and use of immunosuppressive medications. S. aureus is responsible for more than three-fourths of infected joints in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Other causes of septic joint include streptococcus and gram-negative rods. Delay in diagnosis and/or treatment can lead to significant morbidity and mortality.


The goal of this continuing education program is to provide physicians, laboratory professionals and radiologic technologists with information about septic arthritis. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe how septic arthritis is acquired and its presentation
  • Discuss the laboratory and radiological tests used to make a diagnosis of septic joint
  • List the principles of treatment of septic joint

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including physicians, laboratory professionals and radiologic technologists.
Imaging and Radiologic Technologists: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This activity is approved for Category A continuing education credit by the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) for 9/25/2017 to 10/01/2020.
This activity may be available in multiple formats or from different sponsors. ARRT regulations state that an individual may not repeat a self-learning activity for credit if it was reported in the same or any subsequent biennium.

Course Originally Released on: 4/5/2016
Date of Most Recent Review: 4/5/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/1/2020

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.

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Ashlee M - Torrington, WY  ·  Oct 03, 2019
Very interesting course. I liked it and learned alot.
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KAREY C - Wesley Chapel, FL  ·  Sep 27, 2019
Great course, very relevant to my field of practice and very interesting to learn
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Andrew S - Celina, TX  ·  Sep 19, 2019
very informative material
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Matthew F - El Mirage, AZ  ·  Aug 26, 2019
4. This course enhanced my knowledge pertaining to a septic joint and care for a patient with such as we see this in the hospital setting frequently.
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Brett T - Surprise, AZ  ·  Aug 22, 2019
A bit confusing in some areas of the test
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Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00