predisposing factors

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  • debilitating disease
  • infection elsewhere such as an infected leg ulcer
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • immunosuppression, corticosteroids
  • diabetes mellitus
  • recent joint surgery
  • joint prostheses
  • penetrating injury

ref: N Lawrence et al, HB Emergencies in Gen Pract 2e, 1997

Last reviewed 06/2021