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Rheumatological procedures: injection therapy 

Rheumatological procedures: injection therapy
Chapter:
Rheumatological procedures: injection therapy
Source:
Rheumatology (Oxford Desk Reference)
DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199229994.003.0004

Aspiration of joints 106

Procedure 108

Aspiration of joints and local injections are commonly performed in rheumatological practice and are used diagnostically, as well as therapeutically. Injections are undertaken for a wide range of soft tissue and joint conditions.

Aspiration is diagnostic and mandatory in patients with suspected septic arthritis. It is also recommended if patients have crystal arthritis or haemarthosis. Aspiration is therapeutic in patients with tense effusions, to remove irritants such as pus, which damages cartilage and to facilitate joint lavage in septic arthritis....

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