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Gout - Diagnosis

If the patient exhibits the symptoms and signs of a gout attack, the doctor can confirm the diagnosis by physical examination and blood tests. X-rays can help in the assessment of the amount of bone and joint damage.

The most definitive test is a joint aspiration, where a needle is inserted in a swollen joint to obtain a sample of the joint fluid, for the examination of uric acid crystals.

Gout - Preparing for surgery

Gout - Post-surgery care