Flashcards on Bone and Joint Infections Microbiology

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What are the common causative agents of bone and joint infections?

Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Escherichia coli

What are the symptoms of bone and joint infections?

Pain, swelling, redness, and limited range of motion

How are bone and joint infections diagnosed?

Through physical examination, imaging tests, and laboratory tests

What is the treatment for bone and joint infections?

Antibiotics and sometimes surgical intervention

What is osteomyelitis?

An infection of the bone

What is septic arthritis?

An infection of the joint

What is the most common pathogen causing bone and joint infections?

Staphylococcus aureus

What is the mode of transmission for bone and joint infections?

Direct contact or hematogenous spread

What are the risk factors for developing bone and joint infections?

Recent surgery, trauma, immunosuppression, and underlying medical conditions

What is the prognosis for bone and joint infections?

Varies depending on the severity and early treatment

What is the difference between osteomyelitis and septic arthritis?

Osteomyelitis is a bone infection, while septic arthritis is a joint infection

What are the long-term complications of untreated bone and joint infections?

Chronic pain, joint deformity, and functional impairment

What are the preventive measures for bone and joint infections?

Proper wound care, hygiene, and prophylactic antibiotics in high-risk cases

What is the role of biofilms in bone and joint infections?

Biofilms protect bacteria from antibiotics and host immune response

What is the recommended duration of antibiotic therapy for bone and joint infections?

Usually 4-6 weeks, but may vary depending on the case

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What are the common causative agents of bone and joint infections?



What are the symptoms of bone and joint infections?



How are bone and joint infections diagnosed?



What is the most common pathogen causing bone and joint infections?



What are the risk factors for developing bone and joint infections?



What is the prognosis for bone and joint infections?



What is the difference between osteomyelitis and septic arthritis?



What are the long-term complications of untreated bone and joint infections?



What is the role of biofilms in bone and joint infections?



What is the recommended duration of antibiotic therapy for bone and joint infections?




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