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Diagnosing gout is not easy. To date, the method of primary diagnosis is a test to determine the amount of urates in the blood. However, people with high levels of uric acid in the blood do not always have gout. In addition, it is easily confused with pseudogout caused by calcium phosphate deposits.

In addition to the test for the number of urates, there are the following clarifying methods and

  1. Analysis of synovial fluid from the affected joint, which is taken with a special needle. Urate crystals can be seen under a microscope.
  2. X-ray of the joints. It helps to exclude other causes of inflammation, especially if the crystals affect small joints.
  3. Ultrasound procedure.
  4. Dual energy computed tomography. It is able to determine the amount of urate in the tissue of the joint, even if there is no acute inflammation. According to the latest scientific data, this type of study is more suitable for people with already diagnosed gout. However, it may be suitable on an individual basis and for primary testing, if the attending physician has extensive experience in the treatment and diagnosis of gout.

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