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what are the differences between gout and arthritis?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Gout is arthritis: Gout is a form of inflammatory arthritis caused by uric acid crystals in the joints.
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Dr. Michael Laccheoanswered
Rheumatology 15 years experience
See below: Gout is one of many types of arthritis. Arthritis just means "joint inflammation" and is not itself a disease. Gout is a disease characterized by joint inflammation due to an auto-inflammatory reaction to crystals caused by elevated levels of uric acid.

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