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What tests will help determine if I have gout?

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These tests help your doctor know if you have gout, or something else with similar symptoms:

  • Joint fluid test. Fluid is taken from the painful joint with a needle. The fluid is studied under a microscope to see if the crystals are there.
  • Blood test. A blood test can check the level of uric acid. A high level of uric acid doesn’t always mean gout.
  • X-ray. Images of the joints will help rule out other problems.
  • Ultrasound. This painless test uses sound waves to look at areas of uric acid.

From: How Do I Know If I Have Gout? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus: “What Causes Gout?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Gout”

Arthritis Foundation: “What is Gout?” “Gout” (symptoms, causes, diagnosis), “Stubborn Gout Misdiagnosis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Health Letter, “All About Gout”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Gout.”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, Gout: “Symptoms,” “Tests and diagnosis,” “Pseudogout.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 22, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institutes of Health, Medline Plus: “What Causes Gout?”

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: “Gout”

Arthritis Foundation: “What is Gout?” “Gout” (symptoms, causes, diagnosis), “Stubborn Gout Misdiagnosis.”

Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Health Letter, “All About Gout”

National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: “Questions and Answers about Gout.”

Mayo Clinic, Diseases and Conditions, Gout: “Symptoms,” “Tests and diagnosis,” “Pseudogout.”

Reviewed by David Zelman on April 22, 2019

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