Anaerobic Septic Bursitis

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To the editor: In their excellent article on septic bursitis in the prepatellar and olecranon bursae, Ho, Tice, and Kaplan (1) reported 24 culture-positive cases of septic bursitis, 22 with Staphylococcus aureus and two with group A, beta-hemolytic streptococci, and at least two culture-negative cases in patients taking antibiotics. This distribution is corroborated by their review of the literature and a subsequent report (2). Isolated cases of septic bursitis involving other organisms were noted, including Mycobacterium marinum, Sporothrix schenckii, and achloric algae. Notably absent were reports of anaerobic bursitis, in contrast to the well-documented association of anaerobic organisms with bone

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