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Chronic gouty arthritis

  • Definition

    Gout is a disease involving uric acid deposits in the joints. The disorder causes pain, especially in the joints of the feet and legs. Patients with chronic gout have repeated episodes of joint pain.

    Alternative Names

    Gout - chronic; Gouty arthritis - chronic

    Causes, incidence, and risk factors

    Gout is caused by an overproduction of uric acid or a reduced ability of the kidney to get rid of uric acid. The exact cause is unknown. It is more common in males, postmenopausal women, and people with high blood pressure. Heavy alcohol use, diabetes, obesity, sickle cell anemia, and kidney disease also increase the risk.

    The condition may also develop in people who take drugs that interfere with uric acid excretion.