Case Reports   |    
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus as a Cause of Lumbar Facet Joint Septic ArthritisA Report of Two Cases
Venkatesh Krishnan, DNB(Orth)1; R. Amritanand, MS(Orth)1; G.D. Sundararaj, MCh, MS(Orth)1
1 Spinal Disorders Services, Department of Orthopaedics Unit 1, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu-632004, India. E-mail address for R. Amritanand: rohit@cmcvellore.ac.in
View Disclosures and Other Information
Disclosure: The authors did not receive any outside funding or grants in support of their research for or preparation of this work. Neither they nor a member of their immediate families received payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity.

Investigation performed at the Spinal Disorders Services, Department of Orthopaedics Unit 1, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

Copyright ©2010 American Society for Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc.
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2010 Feb 01;92(2):465-468. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.H.01888
5 Recommendations (Recommend) | 3 Comments | Saved by 3 Users Save Case


Hematogenous septic arthritis of the lumbar facet is a well-recognized although rare1-5 primary infectious entity of the spine. Traditionally, the most commonly implicated organism has been Staphylococcus aureus1,2,6. Although there have been reports of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) spondylodiscitis7, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as a cause of hematogenous facet joint septic arthritis has not been described, to our knowledge. We report our experience with the treatment of two cases of facet joint septic arthritis due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The patients were informed that data concerning these cases would be submitted for publication, and they consented.
Figures in this Article

    First Page Preview

    View Large
    First page PDF preview
    Sign In to Your Personal ProfileSign In To Access Full Content
    Not a Subscriber?
    Get online access for 30 days for $35
    New to JBJS?
    Sign up for a full subscription to both the print and online editions
    Register for a FREE limited account to get full access to all CME activities, to comment on public articles, or to sign up for alerts.
    Register for a FREE limited account to get full access to all CME activities
    Have a subscription to the print edition?
    Current subscribers to The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery in either the print or quarterly DVD formats receive free online access to JBJS.org.
    Forgot your password?
    Enter your username and email address. We'll send you a reminder to the email address on record.

    Forgot your username or need assistance? Please contact customer service at subs@jbjs.org. If your access is provided
    by your institution, please contact you librarian or administrator for username and password information. Institutional
    administrators, to reset your institution's master username or password, please contact subs@jbjs.org


    Accreditation Statement
    These activities have been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Inc. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
    CME Activities Associated with This Article
    Submit a Comment
    Please read the other comments before you post yours. Contributors must reveal any conflict of interest.
    Comments are moderated and will appear on the site at the discretion of JBJS editorial staff.

    * = Required Field
    (if multiple authors, separate names by comma)
    Example: John Doe

    Related Content
    The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery
    JBJS Case Connector
    Topic Collections
    Related Audio and Videos
    Clinical Trials
    Readers of This Also Read...
    JBJS Jobs
    NY - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
    DC - Children's National Medical Center
    IL - The University of Chicago's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine
    PA - Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center