Open Access Research article

CD64 as a potential biomarker in septic arthritis

Oddvar Oppegaard1*, Brita Skodvin1, Anne-Kristine Halse2 and Nina Langeland3

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Medicine, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway

2 Department of Rheumatology, Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen, Norway

3 Department of Clinical Science, University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

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BMC Infectious Diseases 2013, 13:278  doi:10.1186/1471-2334-13-278

Published: 19 June 2013



Traditional inflammatory markers are generally unhelpful in discerning septic arthritis from inflammatory joint disease due to their lack of specificity. We wished to explore the discriminatory power of the novel inflammatory marker, Fc-gamma-receptor type 1, CD64, in patients presenting with acute arthritis.


Patients were recruited prospectively in the time period June 2009 to December 2011. Thirty-six patients presenting with an acute flare of chronic rheumatic arthritis, 31 with crystal-induced arthritis and 23 with septic arthritis were included. Traditional inflammatory markers, CD64 and procalcitonin (PCT) were measured and their diagnostic abilities were compared.


CD64 and PCT both demonstrated a specificity of 98%, but poor sensitivities of 59% and 52%, respectively. White blood cell count (WBC), and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) did not have significant discriminatory power, while C-reactive protein (CRP) proved to have the best diagnostic accuracy as measured by area under the ROC curve (AUC 0.92, 95% confidence-interval 0.87-0.98). Subgroup analysis excluding patients with septic arthritis without concurrent bacteremia, and likewise exclusion of the patients with septic arthritis caused by coagulase negative staphylococci, both improved the diagnostic accuracy of CD64 and PCT, but not of WBC and CRP.


CD64 and PCT are highly specific for infectious disease, but they predominantly measure bacteremia. Their use in hospital practice has yet to be defined, and especially so in localized infections.

CD64; Procalcitonin; Septic arthritis; Biomarker