NEW YORK (Reuters Health)—Adding to earlier evidence, a new study finds kids with septic arthritis who are treated with dexamethasone recover faster.
“We expected these results based on our previous randomized double-blind controlled study,” Dr. Itay Fogel from Schneider Children’s Medical Center of Israel and Tel Aviv University told Reuters Health by email. “However, the present study that included a large number of children is an important reassurance that the principle of combining antibiotic treatment with anti-inflammatory medication is of benefit to the treatment of children suffering from septic arthritis.”
In an earlier randomized trial, Dr. Fogel’s team showed that dexamethasone as adjuvant therapy brought significant clinical and laboratory improvement, shortened the duration of hospitalization, and accelerated recovery in children with septic arthritis.
Their current retrospective study sought to evaluate the same approach in children with septic arthritis outside a randomized controlled trial.