For a joint fluid analysis, the doctor uses a needle to draw a small amount of fluid out of your joint so it can be looked at under a microscope. The test can be done in your doctor's office, a clinic, an operating room, or the emergency room.
This test is done to find inflammation, infection, gout, or pseudogout. Removing some of the joint fluid may also relieve pain caused by the buildup of fluid in your joint.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can expect to have your test results.
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
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Current as of: October 31, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & A. Evan Eyler, MD, MPH - Family Medicine, Psychiatry
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