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Can gout affect more than just joints?

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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: It can affect other organs such as kidneys as well.
Dr. Pierre Moeser
Specializes in Rheumatology
Yes: Gout mainly affects joints but can affect the skin and the kidneys as well. Modern treatments exist to control gout in all areas of the body. Prompt diagnosis and treatment may even prevent kidney or skin complications.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Yes: It is a systemic disease.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry 28 years experience
Yes: However, for the most part when it attacks it usually will attack one joint at a time. It is known to be a monoarticular condition. Hoever, not every attack reads the textbook and there are instances of more than one joint having an attack simultaneously.

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A 31-year-old female asked:

What joints can gout affect?

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Dr. Norma jo Waxman
Family Medicine 33 years experience
Joints and gout: Gout can affect any joint, but typically affects the great toe, sometimes the ankle and wrists or hand. Later and less commonly bigger joints like the elbow. If you were worried you have doubt you should get an exam and a blood test to help confirm the best way to confirm gout is by getting fluid from the joint that is affected.

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