Gout, can mimic other types of arthritis, so it is important to carry out certain tests for Gout.
- Blood Tests: Generally, in gout, uric acid levels are high in the blood.
- Synovial Fluid: It is the most reliable tests for gout. In this, fluid is extracted from the affected joint and observed under the microscope. Urate crystals are found in the synovial fluid.
- X-Rays: may show joint damage in patients with gout of long-standing duration.