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What are the tests for gouty arthritis?

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Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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Two tests: one is a blood test which tests the level of uric acid in your blood.
The second on is a test of the joint fluid in the affected joints or joint that looks for urate crystrals under a microscope. These crystals look like needles which can feel like needles as well.

In brief: See below

Two tests: one is a blood test which tests the level of uric acid in your blood.
The second on is a test of the joint fluid in the affected joints or joint that looks for urate crystrals under a microscope. These crystals look like needles which can feel like needles as well.
Dr. Jay Rosenfeld
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Dr. Robert Leland
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle

In brief: Labs

Presumptive diagnosis of gout can be made by exam (swollen warm joint), labs (elevated serum uric acid levels) and history, definitive diagnosis requires analysis of an aspiration from the joint demonstrating appropriate "crystals".

In brief: Labs

Presumptive diagnosis of gout can be made by exam (swollen warm joint), labs (elevated serum uric acid levels) and history, definitive diagnosis requires analysis of an aspiration from the joint demonstrating appropriate "crystals".
Dr. Robert Leland
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