Do plain radiographs play a role in diagnosing septic arthritis

Do plain radiographs play a role in diagnosing septic arthritis?

Initial radiographs should be obtained to rule out adjacent osteomyelitis and to establish a baseline. Early radiographic changes occurring within a few days include periarticular osteopenia, joint effusion, and soft tissue swelling. However, definitive changes of septic arthritis may take up to 2 to 3 weeks to develop and include periosteal reaction, joint space loss, erosions, and subchondral bone destruction.

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