Alex Simotas, MD

Hospital for Special Surgery
Board Certified Physiatrist
Specializing In Spine & Sports Medicine

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Laboratory Studies

Laboratory studies of blood, urine or joint (synovial) fluids are used to identify the presence and amount of chemicals, proteins, and other substances. Your doctor may order various laboratory studies depending on what he or she finds during the initial examination. A high white blood cell count in joint fluid may indicate severe inflammation or infection. You may be required to fast for a specific number of hours before donating samples for a laboratory test.