Diagnosis

Research and development goutHow do I know if I have gout?

Joint pain and the presence of risk factors increase the likelihood of gout. Your doctor may use the following tests to confirm a diagnosis:

  • A physical examination of the joint
  • Blood uric acid test
  • A joint aspiration examining the fluid within a joint
  • X-rays to assess any joint damage
  • Validated questionnaire

Joint pain and the presence of risk factors increase the likelihood of gout. Your doctor may use the following tests to confirm a diagnosis:

  • A physical examination of the joint
  • Blood uric acid test
  • A joint aspiration examining the fluid within a joint
  • X-rays to assess any joint damage
  • Validated questionnaire