Felis ISSN 2398-2950

Biopsy: synovia

Contributor(s): James Cook, Susan Rackard

Introduction

  • Arthrotomy, the usual method for synovial biopsy, allows examination of joint and removal of specimen (membrane 2-4mm wide, length dependent on size of joint) from most suitable area.

Uses

  • Diagnosis of suspected inflammatory arthropathies:
    • Degenerative joint disease (DJD).
    • Immune-mediated arthritides.
    • Rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Diagnosis of joint infections.
  • Confirmation of diagnosis of synovial neoplasia:
  • Specimen may be used for histopathology, microbiological culture or immunohistopathologic examinations.

Requirements

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Preparation

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Procedure

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Aftercare

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