Gout

  • Mary Elizabeth Roth

Abstract

The ancients (Hippocrates, Seneca) recognized gout as a disease. To consumers it suggests overindulgence, King Henry VIII, obesity, and painful big toes in sedentary old people. To clinicians, it means hyperuricemia, tophi, podagra, monarticular hot joints, and a family history of gout. Gout is all of the above with risks of chronic arthritis and renal failure as well. Well founded treatment protocols are effective for both acute and chronic disease. Incidence rises with age and drug use.1 Controversy lies not in its definition and therapeutic management but in treatment of the asymptomatic state.

Keywords

Arthritis Flare Indomethacin Purine Colchicine 

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