Is there a test for gout?

To test you for gout, I will often take a sample of fluid from the affected joint. Often I can find gout crystals in the fluid, which would be considered a positive test for gout. Even without checking the joint fluid, it is likely you have gout if the following symptoms are present:

●You have pain and/ or swelling in one joint, particularly the joint located at the base of your big toe.

●Your symptoms (pain, redness, and swelling) will completely go away between attacks, especially when you first start having attacks. This can change the longer you have had attacks.

●Blood tests show very high levels of uric acid

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