The validation of a diagnostic rule for gout without joint fluid analysis: a prospective study.

@article{Kienhorst2015TheVO,
  title={The validation of a diagnostic rule for gout without joint fluid analysis: a prospective study.},
  author={Laura B. E. Kienhorst and Hein J. E. M. Janssens and Jaap Fransen and Matthijs Janssen},
  journal={Rheumatology},
  year={2015},
  volume={54 4},
  pages={609-14}
}
OBJECTIVE The gold standard for diagnosing gout is the identification of MSU crystals in joint fluid. In secondary care, the facilities or expertise to analyse joint fluid are not always available and gout is diagnosed clinically. To improve the predictive value of the clinical diagnosis of gout in secondary care, a diagnostic rule developed in primary care could be helpful. The aim of this study was to validate this diagnostic rule in a secondary care population with the gold standard as… CONTINUE READING
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