Septic Arthritis Due to Staphylococcus Warneri: A Diagnostic Challenge
Barbara Legius, Kristel Van Landuyt, Patrick Verschueren, Rene Westhovens*
Division of Rheumatology, University Hospital KU Leuven, Belgium
A septic arthritis due to an indolent infection is a challenge for timely diagnosis. In recent years septic
arthritides due to Staphylococcus Warneri are increasingly reported, mostly as a complication in patients with prosthetic
devices. We report on a case of a 38 year old immunocompetent male with an indolent infection with this commensal of
the skin after a stay at an intensive care unit and review the available literature. Tissue cultures obtained by arthroscopy
might be helpful in obtaining a correct diagnosis.
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