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Comment & Response
November 2015

Appropriate Care of a Swollen Joint—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Medicine, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • 2Division of General Internal Medicine, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
JAMA Intern Med. 2015;175(11):1866-1867. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2015.5071

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.

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