D-11, Joint fluid: Bacillus spp. Blood culture w/o growth D-10, Increased swelling. I&D D-9, Joint fluid: Enterococcus fecalis D-8, sent home on IV pip/tazo + tobra..... Crawls at home x 6 days D-2, increased pain. D-1, increased warmth. No swelling, redness. Knee XR: no osteomyelitis D-0, Increased ESR. Transferred.
Exam at CHW Afebrile, VSS Right lower extremity surgical incision wound is appropriately healed. There is effusion noted. Range of motion of the knee is painful, able to achieve range from degrees.
Laboratories at CHW WBC 6,600 5,500 49S 32L 17M ESR70 >100 CRP6.8 Joint fluid: many PMNs. No organisms. Blood culture: no growth
Knee XR: There is a mild amount of soft tissue swelling with an effusion and irregularity involving the right tibial epiphysis that is most likely developmental in nature. MRI of R leg: Large joint fluid accumulation within the knee with thickening of the suprapatellar bursa. After intravenous administration of gadolinium, there is intense enhancement of the synovium diffusely. In the medial condyle of the femur, there is a defect going through the cartilaginous component to the bony ossification center. This extends over approximately 1.5 cm length... and likely reflects fluid tracking along this area. The posterior cartilage component shows mild increased signal on T2's and does enhance slightly. The bone enhances to a slight degree as well.
CHW: Differential diagnosis? Recommendations?
Hospital course Piperacillin/tazobactam started D1, I&D #2: loculated pus Add vancomycin... High fevers..Cultures negative... D2, ID consult: add amikacin D3, I&D #3: clear... High fevers D5, I&D #4: closed wound... High fevers... generalized rash...
MRI: Today's examination shows interval placement of a Penrose drain within the suprapatellar bursa. Diffuse extensive synovial enhancement is redemonstrated. There is a new approximately 4 x 2 x 4 cm fluid collection superior to the suprapatellar bursa and superomedial to the knee which is suspicious for a soft tissue abscess. Although the drain is just adjacent to the inferior border of this fluid collection, there may be septations which prevent appropriate drainage. There is continued abnormal signal and enhancement in the medial femoral condyle consistent with osteomyelitis. There is no evidence of bone abscess.
D10, I&D #5 Initially the previous incision site was opened on the medial aspect of the right knee, this was extended up approximately 8-10 cm into the area of the vastus medialis. There was a lot of necrotic tissue in this area extending up just anterior to the distal femur and beneath the quadriceps muscle. There was a large defect in the medial femoral condyle, the edges were débrided and it was evident that the infection carried down into the femoral epiphysis in the area of the medial femoral condyle. This was débrided back to stable bony tissue; all of the necrotic bone in the area was removed using a curet. The articular cartilage of the femoral medial condyle had a full thickness transverse split at the mid aspect of the condyle and this had no bony backing following the bony debridement. The condylar cartilage was left in place in an effort to spare further cartilage loss.
Hospital course D10, new rash following surgery Stop cefepime and cipro. Keep clinda. Start meropenem D11, fungus reported from epiphyseal culture(s)
Long term plan Terbinafine x 3 months –Safer, cheaper alternative after that: griseofulvin, fluconazole, itraconazole, voriconazole Duration for septic arthritis + osteomyelitis? –Concern? relapse >5%, abnormal growth, loss of function, malignancy, amyloidosis –> 3 weeks, always –subacute/chronic presentation: longer
Medicine as science Need for competing hypothesis (p=0.05) –Joint is sterile, but patient is worse Use the bioassay in front of you –Laboratory tests confirm or rebut your hypothesis Know your assays –Lag in CRP –Range of CRP Practice due diligence –Cow paddy microbiology
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