Diagnostic Arthrocentesis for Suspicion of Gout Is Safe and Well Tolerated
SourceThe Journal of Rheumatology, 43, 1, (2016), pp. 150-153
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The Journal of Rheumatology
SubjectRadboudumc 5: Inflammatory diseases RIHS: Radboud Institute for Health Sciences
OBJECTIVE: To determine the frequency of adverse events of diagnostic arthrocentesis in patients with possible gout. METHODS: Consecutive patients underwent arthrocentesis and were evaluated at 6 weeks to determine adverse events. The 95% CI were obtained by bootstrapping. RESULTS: Arthrocentesis was performed in 910 patients, and 887 (97.5%) were evaluated for adverse events. Any adverse event was observed in 12 participants (1.4%, 95% CI 0.6-2.1). There was 1 case (0.1%, 95% CI 0-0.34) of septic arthritis. CONCLUSIONS: Diagnostic arthrocentesis is associated with a low frequency of adverse events. Septic arthritis rarely occurs.
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