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What is gout?

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Dr. Chad Boomershine
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
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In brief: Uric acid arthritis

Gout is a form of arthritis caused by uric acid crystals.
Uric acid crystals form when the amount of uric acid, a natural waste product, becomes too high in the blood. Uric acid levels can become high due to poor kidney function, obesity, or genetics. Gout is treated by decreasing inflammation to treat the arthritis and by decreasing uric acid levels in the blood to dissolve the crystals.

In brief: Uric acid arthritis

Gout is a form of arthritis caused by uric acid crystals.
Uric acid crystals form when the amount of uric acid, a natural waste product, becomes too high in the blood. Uric acid levels can become high due to poor kidney function, obesity, or genetics. Gout is treated by decreasing inflammation to treat the arthritis and by decreasing uric acid levels in the blood to dissolve the crystals.
Dr. Chad Boomershine
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Dr. Chad Boomershine
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Uric acid arthritis

Gout is a form of arthritis caused by uric acid crystals.
Uric acid crystals form when the amount of uric acid, a natural waste product, becomes too high in the blood. Uric acid levels can become high due to poor kidney function, obesity, or genetics. Gout is treated by decreasing inflammation to treat the arthritis and by decreasing uric acid levels in the blood to dissolve the crystals.

In brief: Uric acid arthritis

Gout is a form of arthritis caused by uric acid crystals.
Uric acid crystals form when the amount of uric acid, a natural waste product, becomes too high in the blood. Uric acid levels can become high due to poor kidney function, obesity, or genetics. Gout is treated by decreasing inflammation to treat the arthritis and by decreasing uric acid levels in the blood to dissolve the crystals.
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Dr. Arthur Bobrove
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Gouty arthritis

A painful form of acute arthritis resulting from a build up of uric acid in and around the joints.
It resolves, if untreated , in a matter of days but is likely to recur unless the body's uric acid is lowered. Medications, diet, and alcohol contribute to uric acid buildup. Fortunately it is readily treatable.

In brief: Gouty arthritis

A painful form of acute arthritis resulting from a build up of uric acid in and around the joints.
It resolves, if untreated , in a matter of days but is likely to recur unless the body's uric acid is lowered. Medications, diet, and alcohol contribute to uric acid buildup. Fortunately it is readily treatable.
Dr. Arthur Bobrove
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Arthritis/Uric Acid

Gout is an inborn error of metabolism where uric acid (product of breakdown of proteins) is either over produced or under excreted by the body.
When the level is high enough, the uric acid precipitates out of the body fluids and forms crystals of ua . This ususally occurs in the joints and is like ground glass in a joint. The body reacts, swells, hurts and miserable. There is treatment.

In brief: Arthritis/Uric Acid

Gout is an inborn error of metabolism where uric acid (product of breakdown of proteins) is either over produced or under excreted by the body.
When the level is high enough, the uric acid precipitates out of the body fluids and forms crystals of ua . This ususally occurs in the joints and is like ground glass in a joint. The body reacts, swells, hurts and miserable. There is treatment.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. John Goldman
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Urate crystals

People with gout have elevated uric acid in the blood.
When the level of uric acid is too high, it forms monosodium urate crystals that precepitate in the joints. The body trys to eliminate these urate crystal and this causes inflammation and the gout attack. Urate crystals occur in the joint but because of physiology in the urinary track it causes uric acid crystals in the urine.

In brief: Urate crystals

People with gout have elevated uric acid in the blood.
When the level of uric acid is too high, it forms monosodium urate crystals that precepitate in the joints. The body trys to eliminate these urate crystal and this causes inflammation and the gout attack. Urate crystals occur in the joint but because of physiology in the urinary track it causes uric acid crystals in the urine.
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