Important features of imaging to be considered in diagnosis and managing gout

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Important features of imaging to be considered in diagnosis and managing gout

Gout can be defined as an inflammatory arthritis that is caused by the deposition of mono-sodium urate crystals (MSU) in the synovial membrane, articular cartilage and periarticular tissues. It has been found to be more prevalent in men. Clinical measures and synovial fluid investigation to explore MSU crystals are used for the diagnosis of gout. However, gout may occasionally have uncharacteristic features which make it difficult to diagnose. In such circumstances, imaging methods play a vital role in confirming the diagnosis of gout.

Revista brasileira de reumatologia

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