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What is the definition or description of: joint fluid aspiration?

What is the definition or description of: joint fluid aspiration?

Joint fluid: A joint fluid aspiration is a minor procedure when a sterile needle is inserted into the knee joint and fluid is removed for either diagnostic testing or to relieve pressure from the joint. ...Read more

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Aspiration (Definition)

1. The removal of a gas or fluid by suction. 2. The sucking of fluid or a foreign body into the airway when drawing breath. 3. A surgical technique used in the treatment of cataracts of the eye, in which an incision is made into the cornea, the lens capsule is severed, and the material of the lens is fragmented and ...Read more


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Mri showed excess fluid in hip joint. Needle aspiration as unable to obtain sample of fluid. Why and what does that mean?

Mri showed excess fluid in hip joint.  Needle aspiration as unable to obtain sample of fluid.  Why and what does that mean?

Depends: A needle aspiration may not obtain any fluid if the needle was not adequately placed into the joint or if there is no fluid at the time of aspiration. Typically a hip joint aspiration is performed under fluoroscopy where needle placement is confirmed with injection of contrast medium (dye). For pediatric a hip aspiration may be performed under ultrasound guidance. ...Read more

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How painful is aspiration of synovial fluid for possible gout in hands? Is anything used for anesthesia? The possibility of this scares me.

How painful is aspiration of synovial fluid for possible gout in hands? Is anything used for anesthesia? The possibility of this scares me.

Routine procedure: Depending on your degree of fear or anxiety, different levels of sedation may be required. A numbing anesthetic cream (EMLA) might be placed on the skin over the joint, usually 60 minutes before the procedure. In some cases, a patient receives oral or IV sedation during the aspiration. ...Read more

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I have stage IV osteoarthritis in my knee. The ED did a fluid aspiration and removed synovial fluid and a blood clot? Why a clot?

I have stage IV osteoarthritis in my knee.  The ED did a fluid aspiration and removed synovial fluid and a blood clot? Why a clot?

Injury or due to ned: With osteoarthritis you may have where in tear inside the knee and this may cause bleeding. However the bleeding and clot could be related to the fact you had a needle placed in your knee and it may have caused a cube waiting. Sometimes people bleed in their knee on a chronic basis but usually when this fluid is removed there is no clot. bloody knee fluid is called a hemarthrosis ...Read more

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What does a surgical puncture of the joint space to remove synovial fluid for analysis mean?

What does a surgical puncture of the joint space to remove synovial fluid for analysis mean?

Taking fluid out of: A joint as a sample, to analyze it. It usually is done in the office with a needle or can be done surgically through a small puncture/ incision to obtain a sample of the fluid. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: analysis of joint fluid?

What is the definition or description of: analysis of joint fluid?

Joint fluid: Evaluation of liquid obtained from the joint. Various tests can be done to evaluate for infection, gout, pseudogout, arthritis, connective tissue diseases, and inflammation. ...Read more

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How many different kinds of joint fluid replacement are there?

How many different kinds of joint fluid replacement are there?

Yes: The all contain various preparations of hyaluronic acid. They differ in molcular weight and frequency of injections needed. I do not believe the should be used alone, but in conjuction with nsaids, since the results are vbetter when both are used. Also, remember osteoarthritis of a joint may be primary, or secondary. The latter is caused by joint inflammation. This must be excluded. ...Read more

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I had an MRI on Monday. I slipped on icy stairs in February. Everything seems normal except is states There is a physiologic amount of joint fluid.

I had an MRI on Monday.  I slipped on icy stairs in February.  Everything seems normal except is states There is a physiologic amount of joint fluid.

Joint fluid.: Dr. talk for normal amount of joint fluid which keeps your bones from rubbing together. If a problem does not show up on MRI then likely not joints. Did not know they had much ice in San Fran. ...Read more

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What is supartz® joint fluid therapy exactly?

What is supartz® joint fluid therapy exactly?

Joint lubricant: Oil is to a car as hyaluronic acid (supartz) is to a body. As we age, the fluid in our joints becomes less effective. Supartz (purified hyaluronic acid from rooster combs) is used to help in replenishing the lubricating and cushioning effects of joint fluid. Supartz is approved for injection into the knee joint. ...Read more

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Is there a way to increase the amount of joint fluid in the ankle?

Slip and Slide.: It is generally thought that one cannot increase the amount of joint fluid in a healthy individual. Taking glucosamine (glucosamine sulfate)is thought to stimulate the production of hyaluronic acid, though. Hyaluronic acid is thought to be responsible for the lubricating properties of synovial fluid. It seem that about all you can do is increase the quality of the joint fluid, not the quantity. ...Read more

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Will I get any medicine for pain when I go for the analysis of joint fluid?

Will I get any medicine for pain when I go for the analysis of joint fluid?

Depends: Depends on your doctor and how much pain your in. If you are having alot of pain, they would likely give you some pain meds. ...Read more

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Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after the analysis of joint fluid?

Ok to drive: Aspiration of a joint doesn't require sedation. If your joints were well enough to allow you to drive to your appointment, you should be perfectly safe driving afterward. ...Read more

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How does supartz® joint fluid therapy work exactly?

How does supartz® joint fluid therapy work exactly?

Replenish aged fluid: Oil is to a car as hyaluronic acid (supartz) is to a body. As we age, the fluid in our joints becomes less effective. Supartz (purified hyaluronic acid from rooster combs) is used to help in replenishing the lubricating and cushioning effects of joint fluid. Supartz is approved for injection into the knee joint. After several injections, a patient may have less pain and better knee movement. ...Read more

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Would surgery for plica syndrome lead to removing the same thing that secretes synovial fluid to lubricate our joints? Would there be side effects?

Would surgery for plica syndrome lead to removing the same thing that secretes synovial fluid to lubricate our joints? Would there be side effects?

possibly: Plica or shelf(s) syndrome that is clinically signifigant generally causes 'popping' or 'catching' when you bend your knee.It may feel like it is 'giving way' if it hurts when it 'catches'.Most plica are asymptomatic.Sometimes patellofemoral instability and pain can be confused w/a plica.See an ors and get 2nd opinion before considering surgery. Good luck! ...Read more

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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


Synovial Fluid (Definition)

The lining of your joints called synovium produces fluid that assists joint lubrication/nourishment. If a joint becomes injured or inflamed then excessive fluid can be produced causing joint swelling which you should check out ...Read more