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I recently found an article written by a rheumatology doctor saying that a lot of doctors start prescribing colchicine and other drugs for patients whenver they see swollen big toes or joints, or simply by testing the urate level. But an open-ended question he raised was -- are the patients really suffering from gout? So he brought up another way to diagnose gout on smaller joints where synovial fluid samples are hard to get is through musculoskeletal ultrasound images.
That said, I was wondering has anybody done this test before? Would it work for one-time sufferer with possibly mild gout attack?
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