Which studies may be helpful in the diagnosis of gout and pseudogout?

Updated: Jan 26, 2021
  • Author: Bruce M Rothschild, MD; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Studies that may be helpful include the following:

  • Joint aspiration and synovial fluid analysis

  • Serum uric acid measurement (though hyperuricemia is not diagnostic of gout)

  • 24-hour urinary uric acid evaluation

  • Blood studies (including white blood cells [WBCs, triglyceride, high-density lipoprotein, glucose, and renal and liver function tests)

Plain radiographs may show findings consistent with gout.


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