Introduction: Gout


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Gout: Painful joints, most commonly the big toe.

Gout: Gout is one of the most painful rheumatic diseases. It results from deposits of needle-like crystals of uric acid in the connective tissue, joint spaces, or both. These deposits lead to inflammatory arthritis, which causes swelling, redness, heat, pain, and stiffness in the joints. Arthritis is a term that is often used to refer to the more than 100 different rheumatic diseases that affect the joints, muscles, and bones, and may also affect other connective tissues. Gout accounts for about 5 percent of all cases of arthritis. Pseudogout, also a crystal-induced arthritis, is a condition with similar symptoms that results from deposits of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals in the joints. It is sometimes called calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease, crystal deposition disease, or chondrocalcinosis.1

Researching symptoms of Gout: Further information about the symptoms of Gout is available including a list of symptoms of Gout, other diseases that might have similar symptoms in differential diagnosis of Gout, or alternatively return to research other symptoms in the symptom center.

Misdiagnosis and Gout: Research more detailed information about misdiagnosis of Gout, underlying causes of Gout (possibly misdiagnosed), or research misdiagnosis of other diseases

Treatments for Gout: Various information is available about treatments available for Gout, or research treatments for other diseases.

Causes of Gout: Research more detailed information about the causes of Gout, other possibly hidden causes of Gout, or other general information about Gout.

Statistics and Gout: Various sources and calculations are available in statistics about Gout, prevalence and incidence statistics for Gout, and you can also research other medical statistics in our statistics center.

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Footnotes:
1. excerpt from Questions and Answers About Gout: NIAMS

Last revision: May 27, 2003

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