A medical history and a physical exam are often used to diagnose gout.
During the medical history, your doctor will typically ask about any:
During a physical exam, your doctor will:
If your medical history and physical exam clearly suggest that you have gout, further testing may be postponed until treatment relieves pain and swelling or until subsequent attacks occur.
If the diagnosis remains unclear after the history and physical exam, your doctor may order a blood test to measure the level of uric acid in your blood. He or she may also order a joint fluid aspiration test to examine joint fluid for uric acid crystals.
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