Pneumococcal arthritis complicating gout. Case report and literature review

G. S. Edwards, I. J. Russell

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The simultaneous occurrence of septic arthritis and gout is quite uncommon. We describe patient with chronic gout who developed pneumococcal pneumonia. Twenty-four hours later, his previously involved joints became acutely inflamed and were found to contain both pneumococcal organisms and monosodium urate crystals intracellularly. The mechanisms which may confer upon a gouty joint selective resistance or susceptibility to colonization by a blood borne organism are discussed. Septic arthritis must remain a consideration in patients with chronic gouty arthritis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)907-910
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology


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