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Clinics in Shoulder and Elbow 2016;19(3):163-167.
DOI:    Published online September 30, 2016.
Arthroscopic Treatment for Septic Arthritis of the Shoulders in Neonates: A Case Report
Kyoung Jin Park, Hyung Ki Lee
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Chungbuk National University College of Medicine, Cheongju, Korea.
Received: 28 March 2016   • Revised: 2 June 2016   • Accepted: 4 June 2016
Septic arthritis in neonates is a rare condition. A failure to make an early diagnosis of septic arthritis in neonates may leave a permanent disability as a result of a delayed treatment. Thus, septic arthritis, requires a prompt diagnosis and a timely treatment especially in this subset of patients. In this case report, we describe our treatment protocol for septic arthritis and concurrent osteomyelitis in the right shoulder of a 28-day-old newborn. Using 2.4 mm wrist arthroscopy, we performed an arthroscopic irrigation and drainage, to remove intra-articular debris and inflammatory tissue, and multiple drilling. We report a satisfactory clinical outcome without any postoperative complications or side effects.
Key Words: Neonate; Shoulder joint; Septic arthritis; Osteomyelitis; Arthroscopy


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