In Reply We thank Dr Albert for his interest and feedback regarding our Teachable Moment titled “Failure to Cancel Tests: The Case of an Unnecessary Joint Arthrocentesis.”1 We agree that current guidelines recommend obtaining an arthrocentesis for an acutely swollen joint if septic arthritis is suspected even when chondrocalcinosis is seen on the radiogram.
Vijenthira A, Goldberg AE, Wong BM. Appropriate Care of a Swollen Joint—Reply. JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(11):1866-1867. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.5071