Knee effusions.

J. P. McGahan, H. Shoji

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There are many questions concerning knee effusions and the basic diagnostic approach to them. The case of a young female with gonococcal arthritis presenting to the Emergency Room with an isolated knee effusion is discussed. From the errors in diagnosis of this case, a basic outline in the approach and work-up of a knee effusion is detailed, including history and physical examination, and the use of synovial fluid analysis as a further diagnostic aid. Procedural instructions and contraindications for knee arthrocentesis are given, as well as data related to interpretation of pertinent laboratory findings of synovial fluid in disease states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)141-144
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Family Practice
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1977

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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