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      Preliminary criteria for the classification of the acute arthritis of primary gout.

      Arthritis and Rheumatism

      analysis, Acute Disease, Arthritis, diagnosis, Arthritis, Rheumatoid, Chondrocalcinosis, Diagnosis, Differential, Female, Gout, classification, Humans, Male, Suppuration, Synovial Fluid, Uric Acid

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          The American Rheumatism Association sub-committe on classification criteria for gout analyzed data from more than 700 patients with gout, pseudogout, rheumatoid arthritis, or septic arthritis. Criteria for classifying a patient as having gout were a) the presence of characteristic urate crystals in the joint fluid, and/or b) a topus proved to contain urate crystals by chemical or polarized light microscopic means, and/or c) the presence of six of the twelve clinical, laboratory, and X-ray phenomena listed in Table 5.

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