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can you be a?firefighter if you have?an artificial joint?

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Dr. Malinda Linn
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Sure: This should not lead to problems as long as you are able to pass the rigorous physical fitness testing that they are required to undergo.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

How does the uric acid get into the joints?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Referring : I am taking advantage of healthtap sharing to get this question to doctors who work in this area. I hope this helps.
Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine 17 years experience
Uric acid is soluble in water, and simply moves freely across the joint capsule. When concentrations of uric acid are strong enough, or if you become dehydrated, the acid crystalizes. A joint aspiration with a needle and examination of that fluid is the definitive way the diagnosis of gout is made - by looking at the crystals under a microscope. Serum uric acid levels help, but don't confirm .
Jan 30, 2012
Dr. Pam Yoder
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Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
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Thanks for your input, Doctor Walsh.
Feb 3, 2012
A 31-year-old member asked:

Can gout affect more than just joints?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: It can affect other organs such as kidneys as well.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is it possible to get meningitis in your joints?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Agent can infect Jt: A variety of infectious agents can travel in the blood and end up in both the brain and a joint however, if a germ known to cause meningitis is only found in the joint it is simply a joint infection.
A 39-year-old member asked:

How could you tell if a finger hinge joint is broken ?

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Dr. Barry Waldman
Orthopedic Surgery 29 years experience
X-ray: X-rays are very accurate for fractures.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What is the main difference between osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease?

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Dr. Joel McClurg
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Nothing: Djd and oa are two descriptions for the same basic process.

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