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Joint Fluid Aspiration

What is Joint fluid aspiration?
Fluid may collect in the joint cavity due to inflmmation/infection. The procedure to remove this fluid is known as joint fluid aspiration.
Why is joint fluid aspirated?
Joint fluid is usually aspirated for a diagnostic purpose. An analysis of the joint fluid gives important clue regarding the cause of joint fluid collection. Joint fluid is often aspirated and intra articular steroids are often given in rheumatoid arthritis to control the joint inflammation.
How is the joint fluid aspirated?
Joint fluid aspiration is carried out under local anaesthesia. A needle is inserted in the joint cavity & fluid is aspirated.
Are there any side effects of joint fluid aspiration?
Infection may get introduced in the joint cavity during the procedure. Utmost aseptic precautions are taken during the procedure to avoid this complication.

Joint Aspiration

Note the swelling in the knee.


Joint Aspiration

Needle being introduced in the knee for tapping the fluid.


Joint Aspiration

Note the fluid in the syringe.


Joint Aspiration

The synovial fluid in the syringe.


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Created on: April 2007
Last updated on: Feb 2015
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