Articles | Volume 6, issue 9
J. Bone Joint Infect., 6, 389–392, 2021
J. Bone Joint Infect., 6, 389–392, 2021

Case report 02 Nov 2021

Case report | 02 Nov 2021

Sternoclavicular joint septic arthritis in a healthy adult: a rare diagnosis with frequent complications

Rui Barbeiro Gonçalves et al.

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Subject: Arthritis | Topic: Infectious
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The sternoclavicular joint is an uncommon location for septic arthritis and exceedingly rare in the healthy population. Diagnosis is often delayed by poorly localized symptoms and misdiagnosis, as was observed in our patient and which can result in life-threatening complications. We highlight the importance of proper clinical examination and adequate imaging for diagnosis and identification of its complications, as well as the need for multidisciplinary collaboration during treatment.