Synovial fluid cytology - current practice
We provide a comprehensive Synovial fluid analysis through which
inflammatory arthropathies can be distinguished from non
inflammatory arthropathies and in defining specific disorders
within these two groups.
Synovial fluid analysis is also important in the diagnosis of
early inflammatory disease where it might be possible to identify a
specific arthropathy before the clinical syndrome develops.
Finally, it permits the very rapid diagnosis of joint disease,
particularly in disorders such as septic arthritis.
Synovial fluid analysis consists of the following :
- White blood cell count
- Presence of Rhagocytes
- Crystal identification
- Particle identification
- Differential white blood cell count
- Gram staining for the presence of Gram +ve/-ve bacteria
(Last updated June 2nd 2016)