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what's the difference between gout and hyperuricemia?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Disease and Lab : Result. Gout is due to tissue deposition of uric acid crystals. Hyperuricemia is the result of a lab test showing elevated blood levels of uric acid. See this site for more information on gout. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001459/.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Clinical gout is extremely uncommon in the absence of hyperuricemia, but many, probably most, folks with hyperuricemia never get gout. Good luck.
Oct 16, 2012
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Gout is a : A condition that occurs when one has elevated uric acid where a reaction occurs, namely, pain, swelling etc usually in a distant extremity. 75% of time first metatarsophalangeal joint in foot. Hyperuricemia is elevated uric acid but not necessarily with an attack. Both should be monitored by a physician. While, hyperuricemia can be a symptomatic, it can still be dangerous.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
The world!: Hyperuricemia is simply elevated blood/serum levels of urate. It may simply be a sign of dehydration or a side effect of medication. Most individuals with gout have hyperuricemia, but not all. Further, most individuals with hyperuricemia do not have gout. Gout diagnosis requires documentation of crystals or certain types of bone damage.
Dr. Gregory Harvey
Orthopedic Surgery 38 years experience
Gout: Hyperuricemia or elevated uric acid is the hallmark of gout.

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What are some causes of hyperuricemia besides gout?

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Dr. PHILIP WALLER
Rheumatology 33 years experience
Gout is caused by: Hyperuricemia and not vice versa. Other causes of hyperuicemia that can cause gout include hereditary disorders that cause too much or dont eliminate uric acid. Diurectics such as thiazides are a source. Certain teas. Certain blood cancers cause increased uric acid during cancer treatment.. Liver transplants are associated with increased levels. Most importantly is your diet high in purines.
Dr. Bruce Rothschild
Rheumatology 48 years experience
fasting and low dose aspirin are common causes
Apr 2, 2012

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