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Septic arthritis is an intensely painful infection in a joint. Bacteria, or less commonly fungi, can spread from other infected areas in your body to a joint. Sometimes bacteria infect only the joint, leaving other areas of your body unharmed.
In septic arthritis, germs infiltrate your joint — usually just one — and damage it, causing severe pain, warmth and swelling. Bacteria most commonly target your knee, though other joints can be affected by septic arthritis, including your ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and shoulder.
Young children and older adults are most likely to develop septic arthritis. If treated within a week after symptoms first appear, most people make a complete recovery.
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