Fungal Arthritis

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

  • Medical Editor: Catherine Burt Driver, MD
    Catherine Burt Driver, MD

    Catherine Burt Driver, MD

    Catherine Burt Driver, MD, is board certified in internal medicine and rheumatology by the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Driver is a member of the American College of Rheumatology. She currently is in active practice in the field of rheumatology in Mission Viejo, Calif., where she is a partner in Mission Internal Medical Group.

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How is fungal arthritis treated?

Fungal arthritis is treated with antibiotics that are directed against the precise fungal microbe that is causing the joint infection. Adequate drainage of the infected joint is an additional essential part of the treatment. Examples of antibiotics for fungal arthritis include amphotericin B, fluconazole (Diflucan), and caspofungin (Cancidas).

What is the prognosis of fungal arthritis?

The outlook for fungal arthritis is directly related to how much damage occurs to the cartilage and bone of the joint. Earlier treatment leads to optimal outcomes.

Can fungal arthritis be prevented?

Fungal arthritis can be prevented by minimizing the risks of immune suppression and avoiding intravenous drug abuse. Fungal arthritis can also be prevented by active sterilization measures by companies producing injectable medications.

Medically reviewed by Aimee V. HachigianGould, MD; American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

REFERENCE:

Kauffman, Carol. "Candida Osteoarticular Infections." UpToDate.com. Feb. 2013.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/8/2015
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