What laboratory tests are ordered when sending aspirated joint fluid for analysis

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What laboratory tests are ordered when sending aspirated joint fluid for analysis?

When sending aspirated joint fluid for analysis to microbiology, the typical list of tests includes gram staining and culture, cell count with differential, and crystal analysis. Depending on clinical suspicion and ordering requests, fluid may also be sent for evaluation of atypical/fungal cultures in addition to the standard aerobic/anaerobic bacteria cultures.

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