Antti Hölttä

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OBJECTIVE To establish a quality assessment programme for the diagnosis of crystal arthropathies by synovial fluid (SF) microscopy. METHODS Three or four cytocentrifuge slides prepared from suitable patient SF specimens were distributed to 25-47 predominantly Finnish clinical laboratories once a year. Sodium urate crystals were included in every survey.(More)
An analysis of 47 episodes of bacterial arthritis showed that applying a blood culture procedure to the culture of joint fluids gave positive results in 10 cases (21%) that were negative by conventional methods. When follow up samples taken during antibiotic treatment were considered the proportion of false negatives eliminated rose to 40%. The respective(More)
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