Fungal Arthritis: Symptoms & Signs

Medically Reviewed on 9/16/2021

Fungal arthritis is a rare condition in which there is a fungal infection of a joint. People with suppressed function of the immune system are at greatest risk for developing fungal arthritis.

Signs and symptoms of fungal arthritis include

The knee is the most commonly affected joint. Fever and chills may be present. The symptoms usually become apparent weeks to months after the fungus first infects the joint. Fungal arthritis can lead to permanent damage to the affected joint.

Causes of fungal arthritis

It is caused by spread of a fungus through the bloodstream or by an injury or procedure that injects the fungus directly into a joint. Different types of fungi can cause the condition. Some of these include Candida, Aspergillus, and Exserohilum species.

Other fungal arthritis symptoms and signs


The term arthritis refers to stiffness in the joints. See Answer

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Jameson, J. Larry, et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 20th Ed. New York: McGraw-Hill Education, 2018.