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A diagnostic rule for acute gouty arthritis in primary care without joint fluid analysis

Janssens, Hein J.E.M; Fransen, Jaap; Van de Lisdonk, Eloy H.; va Riel, Piet L.C.M; Jannsen, Matthijs; van Weel, Chris


Background: Most cases of acute gouty arthritis are diagnosed in primary care and without joint fluid analysis in many instances. Our objectives were to estimate the validity of this diagnosis by family physicians and to develop a diagnostic rule. Methods: Patients with monoarthritis recruited in an open Dutch population with gout by family physician diagnosis were enrolled in a diagnostic study (March 24, 2004, through July 14, 2007). Validity variables were estimated using 2x2 tables, with...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Archives of Internal Medicine
DOI: 10.1001/archinternmed.2010.196


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