Throat bacteria may point to deadly joint infection in kids

PTI |   Sep 05,2017 , 10:53 PM IST


Toronto: Presence of a bacterium in children's throat may indicate a bone and joint infection that can have devastating effects on mobility and even cause death, scientists say.

In a new study, researchers found that the presence of the bacterium Kingella kingae in children's throats was strongly linked to bone and joint infection with the same bacterium.

Previously, most infections were thought to be caused by Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and Haemophilus influenzae type b bacteria and were treated with long-term antibiotics and/or surgery.

Over the last years, new highly sensitive techniques have allowed more precise identification of the bacteria responsible for these infections.

Researchers studied 77 children aged 6 months to 4 years of age admitted for suspected bone or joint infection and 286 controls. Of the suspected infections, 65 children had confirmed bone or joint infection.

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