Polyarticular Haemophilus Influenza Septic Arthritis in an HIV Patient.
Haemophilus influenzae is an opportunistic gram-negative bacterium most commonly found in the upper respiratory tract of humans. With the advent of vaccines, most infections caused by these bacteria have been suppressed. However, in the immunocompromised host, an invasive infection may occur, particularly within the musculoskeletal system. In this paper, we present the case of a 55-year-old male with septic shock secondary to polyarticular Haemophilus influenza infection. The patient was successfully treated with surgical irrigation and debridement, and antibiotics. Haemophilus infections should be part of the differential in patients with musculoskeletal pain and immunocompromise to avoid potential delays in surgical management.
Faruqi T, Green A, McCall DP, Caid M, Smith LC. Polyarticular Haemophilus Influenza Septic Arthritis in an HIV Patient. Cureus. 2021 Dec 4;13(12):e20160. doi: 10.7759/cureus.20160. PMID: 35003989; PMCID: PMC8722404.