TABLE 4

Clinical and Laboratory Parameters of Improvement in Children With Septic Arthritis Treated With Antibiotics Alone or With Dexamethasone

ParameterAntibiotics, Mean (95% CI)Antibiotics and Dexamethasone, Mean (95% CI)Pa
First day fever <38°C3.9 (2.9–4.9)2.3 (2.1–2.5).002
First day CRP <1 mg/dL8.4 (6.9–9.9)5.3 (4.0–6.6).002
Hospital stay, d10.7 (9.4–12.1)8.0 (6.8–9.2).004
Duration intravenous treatment, d11.4 (9.7–13.1)7.1 (5.9–8.3)<.001
Time to full recovery, d10.0 (8.5–11.6)6.3 (4.9–7.7)<.001
  • CI, confidence interval.

  • a Brown-Forsythe test (variances not assumed to be equal, following Levene test for variances).