Diagnosis and treatment of Gout.
Gout is a relatively common form of acute arthritis. Gout is characterised by intermittent episodes of very painful joint swelling. If left untreated it can progress to chronic arthritis. However, gout can be very effectively managed when diagnosed promptly and effective medication considered.
The diagnosis of gout can present difficulties when other problems coexist, such as osteoarthritis. At Rheumatology Manchester we offer joint aspiration to test joint fluid for gout and modern imaging techniques such as Dual Energy CT scang that can visualise gout crystals directly.