oa Modern Medicine - Joint aspiration and injection in the management of arthritis



Several tests can be performed on synovial fluid obtained by joint aspiration; the three that should be performed routinely are the white blood cell count with differential, the crystal examination, and the Gram�s stain and culture. From these tests, inflammatory and noninflammatory arthritis can be differentiated, gout and pseudogout can be definitely diagnosed, and septic arthritis can be confirmed.


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