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Acute Oligoarthritis Associated With Clostridium difficile Pseudomembranous Colitis

Richard P. Lofgren, MD; Lauri M. Tadlock, MD; Ronald D. Soltis, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1984;144(3):617-619. doi:10.1001/archinte.1984.00350150229045.
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• The abrupt onset of a sterile inflammatory oligoarthritis developed in a patient with active Clostridium difficile pseudomembranous colitis. The arthritis affected a hip and a knee. Leukocyte counts of synovial fluid obtained from the patient's left hip and knee were elevated. He was haplotyped as HLA-B27 antigen-positive. The colitis and arthritis promptly abated after treatment with oral vancomycin hydrochloride. Three other cases of arthritis associated with antibiotic-induced colitis were reviewed. It seems as if treatment of the colitis leads to resolution of the arthritis.

(Arch Intern Med 1984;144:617-619)


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