Gout is a disorder characterised by severe, painful joint inflammation due to the deposition in the joint of uric acid crystals.


Natural history of gout

Gout generally occurs in 'attacks' where a joint suddenly becomes red and painful. With appropriate management things settle down, but after a dietary discretion another flare up may happen. Eventually the joint may become permanently damaged.

Crystal arthropathy
Gouty arthritis

Dr Sheila Strover (Editor)
BSc (Hons), MB BCh, MBA

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