Culture – joint fluid

Alternative Names

Joint fluid culture

Definition of Culture – joint fluid

Joint fluid culture is a laboratory test to detect infection-causing organisms in a sample of fluid surrounding a joint.

Review

David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine; Jatin M. Vyas, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Assistant in Medicine, Division of Infectious Disease, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc. – 12/1/2009

Joint aspiration

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