Gout is sometimes misdiagnosed as Septic Arthritis

It has been reported that some patients have been misdiagnosed with Septic Arthritis, when in fact the correct diagnosis in their specific case was Gout.

Gout is treated by medications that are divided into two categories. The first category is aimed at reducing inflammation and alleviating pain. The second are to help reduce levels of uric acid in blood. The doctor can diagnose gout by looking at the swelling. To confirm the diagnosis, the doctor might take a fluid sample from the affected joint and testing it. Blood tests to find the urea level in the blood are also beneficial. Imaging tests of the affected joint can help rule out other conditions that may be causing the symptoms.

Always consult your doctor or health professional, and do not self diagnose.

Symptoms can include:

Redness and inflammation, severe joint pain, lingering discomfort, limited range of motion

Symptoms are a guideline only and may apply to either the diagnosis or the reported misdiagnosis, or both. Consult your specialist for further information.

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