When should arthrocentesis be performed

When should arthrocentesis be performed?

Undoubtedly, the single most important reason to perform arthrocentesis is to check for joint infection. Timely identification and treatment of a patient with septic arthritis is of paramount importance to a favorable clinical outcome. Furthermore, arthrocentesis is generally indicated to gain diagnostic information through synovial fluid analysis in the patient with a monoarticular or polyarticular arthropathy of unclear etiology characterized by joint pain and swelling.


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