What is the role of joint aspiration in the workup of hyperuricemia?

Updated: Aug 31, 2018
  • Author: James W Lohr, MD; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Joint aspiration may be important in the diagnosis of acute gouty arthritis, in which uric acid crystals are found to be negatively birefringent under polarized microscopy.


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