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CASE REPORT
Year : 2005  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-49

Cytological diagnosis of gout - A report of two cases


1 Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalapet, Pondicherry - 605 014, India
2 Professor & Head, Department of Orthopaedics, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalapet, Pondicherry - 605 014, India
3 Professor & Head, Department of Medicine, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalapet, Pondicherry - 605 014, India
4 Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalapet, Pondicherry - 605 014, India

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A Ramdas
Department of Pathology, Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Kalapet, Pondicherry - 605 014
India
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Definitive diagnosis of gout requires demonstration of the monosodium urate crystals under polarized light. Fine needle aspiration cytology of the tophi can be used for early diagnosis as crystals can be demonstrated in wet mounts and stained smears. We report two cases of arthritis in which FNAC played a role in rapid diagnosis of gout and the early institution of treatment.


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