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How are calcium crystal diseases diagnosed?

Your doctor will probably need to carry out some tests to rule out other conditions, such as gout or infections.

What tests are there?

There are several tests that can be carried out to help diagnose calcium crystal diseases, including:

  • testing the joint fluid for crystals and infection
  • x-rays to show any calcification in the joint cartilage or tendon
  • blood tests to assess the level of inflammation, the calcium level, to check that the problem isn’t caused by infections and to check that your kidneys are working normally.

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