A medical history and a physical exam are often used to
During the medical history, your doctor will typically
ask about any:
During a physical exam, your doctor will:
If your medical history and physical exam clearly suggest that
you have gout, further testing may be postponed until treatment relieves pain
and swelling or until subsequent attacks occur.
If the diagnosis remains unclear after the history and physical
exam, your doctor may order a blood test to measure the
level of uric acid in your blood. He or she may also order a joint fluid aspiration test to examine
joint fluid for uric acid crystals.
June 12, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
& Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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