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What is gout?

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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine

In brief: Gout.

Gout comes from a problem with the body's handling of uric acid, leading to uric acid crystals accumulating in the fluid within joints.
The body's inflammatory response to these crystals results in episodes of severe pain in the joints involved. Usually starts with a first episode at the base of the big toe; subsequent bouts can occur in other joints.

In brief: Gout.

Gout comes from a problem with the body's handling of uric acid, leading to uric acid crystals accumulating in the fluid within joints.
The body's inflammatory response to these crystals results in episodes of severe pain in the joints involved. Usually starts with a first episode at the base of the big toe; subsequent bouts can occur in other joints.
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Darragh O'Carroll
Emergency Medicine

In brief: A Type of Arthritis

Gout causes attacks of painful inflammation in one or more joints.
It is a type of arthritis . The pain of a gout attack can be severe. Gout is caused by a chemical in the blood called uric acid that deposits in joints. Classically it will start in the great toe, but is also common in ankle and knees. Luckily, non narcotic pain relievers such as Ibuprofen and indomethacin are very effective.

In brief: A Type of Arthritis

Gout causes attacks of painful inflammation in one or more joints.
It is a type of arthritis . The pain of a gout attack can be severe. Gout is caused by a chemical in the blood called uric acid that deposits in joints. Classically it will start in the great toe, but is also common in ankle and knees. Luckily, non narcotic pain relievers such as Ibuprofen and indomethacin are very effective.
Dr. Darragh O'Carroll
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