Abstract

Intra-articular steroids administration in the absence of aseptic precautions can have disastrous consequences. Immunocompromised patients are at an increased risk of developing infections following such procedures. Salmonella has been infrequently reported as a causative organism for necrotising fasciitis. Gram negative endotoxemia with disseminated intravascular coagulation resulted in fatality in this patient. The case study is being presented to emphasise the need for aseptic precautions and sterile techniques while administering intra-articular steroids, to have a low threshold towards treating early joint infections expeditiously, and to consider possibility of a gram negative organism as a cause of septicaemia and necrotising fasciitis especially in debilitated patients.