Septic arthritis of the shoulder due to Streptococcus agalactiae.

Published online: Mar 27 1996

S García, A Combalía, and J M Segur.

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital Clinic, University of Barcelona, Spain.


The authors report a case of septic arthritis of the shoulder-joint due to group B beta-hemolytic Streptococci (Streptococcus agalactiae) in a 63-year-old female patient. These germs are a major cause of meningitis and septicemia in newborns and pregnant women. In adults, men and nonpregnant women, they have been a rare cause of septic arthritis.