oa Modern Medicine - Joint aspiration and injection in the management of arthritis
|Article Title||Joint aspiration and injection in the management of arthritis|
|© Publisher:||Infixion Media (Pty) Ltd|
|Affiliations||1 Oregon Health Sciences University and Portland VA Medical Centre|
|Publication Date||Oct 1991|
|Pages||63 - 75|
|Keyword(s)||Arthritis, Contraindications, Injection, Joint aspiration, Management, Pathology, Rheumatology and Synovial fluid|
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 Gramï¿½s 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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