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what are some other causes of hyperuricemia besides gout and arthritis?

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Dr. Larry Greenbaum
Rheumatology 37 years experience
Drink, diet, genes: Diets high in purines (especially organ meats), alcohol consumption (especially beer or whiskey), and genetic factors contribute to high uric acid. Some medications elevated uric acid, particularly water pills.
Dr. John Goldman
Rheumatology 55 years experience
Elevated uric acid: People with gout have it related to hyperuricemia; but not all people with hyperuricemia have gout. Gout does not cause hyperuricemia arthritis does not cause hyperuricemia. Hyperuricemia is caused by the body increasing the production of uric acid, or the body being unable to excrete the uric acid through decreased urinary excretion of uric acid. Elevated uric acid may lead to gout.
Dr. Ellen Wenzel
Podiatry 14 years experience
Hyperuricemia: Hyperuricemia is caused by overproduction by the kidneys or under excretion by the kidneys. Arthritis and gout are not causes of it. Gout is a condition that is the result of hyperuricemia.

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