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- What is fungal arthritis?
- What causes fungal arthritis?
- What are risks for developing fungal arthritis?
- What are fungal arthritis symptoms and signs?
- How is fungal arthritis diagnosed?
- How is fungal arthritis treated?
- What is the prognosis of fungal arthritis?
- Can fungal arthritis be prevented?
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
Kauffman, Carol. "Candida Osteoarticular Infections." UpToDate.com. Feb. 2013.