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Aspiration of Joint


 

Joint aspiration, also known as arthrocentesis, is a minor procedure that involves draining fluid from a joint with a sterile needle and syringe. This may be performed for either diagnostic or treatment purposes in patients with swelling, inflammation and pain within the hand and wrist. Aspiration of joints can usually be performed under local anesthesia and involves inserting a needle with a syringe attached to it into the affected area. Fluid within the joint is withdrawn (aspirated) into the syringe and then sent to a laboratory for complete testing.

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