June 18, 2013
CFK's son hospitalized with septic arthritis
Máximo Kirchner, 36, son of the President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, was hospitalized in the early hours of the morning at the Austral Hospital in the Greater BA district of Pilar due to a septic arthritis on his right knee.
The founder of La Cámpora youth movement arrived at 5 am to the Jorge B. Newbery Metropolitan airport after a three hours flight from Santa Cruz province accompanied by his girlfriend Rocío García and the Head of State, who immediately ordered a special emergency flight aboard the Tango 01 Presidential airplane.
Much later in the day, more than 12 hours after the operation, the first bulletin on his health was released by the presidential physician Luis Buonomo reporting the patient to be “in stable condition and good humour.”
The latter area was subjected to an arthroscopic cleansing in the operating-theatre at the Pilar hospital and the operation was reported a success. Austral Hospital Medical Director Eduardo Schnitzler and traumatologists Carlos Autorino and Horacio Rivarola Etcheto (the actual surgeons) joined Buonomo in tending to the high-profile patient.
Septic arthritis, also known as infectious arthritis, may represent a direct invasion of joint space by various microorganisms, most commonly caused by a variety of bacteria.
The effects of septic arthritis cause germs to infiltrate a joint — usually just one — and damage it, causing severe pain, warmth and swelling. Bacteria most commonly target a knee, though other joints can be affected by septic arthritis, including ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and shoulder.