Gout: A Type of Arthritis
My patients are always
surprised to learn that gout is a form of arthritis. This type of arthritis
results from a build-up of body substances called uric acid. High levels
of uric acid may not only affect the joints but other organs in the body,
including the kidneys. When uric acid levels become very high, they become
deposited in the joints as crystals. These crystals produce the pain of
a gout attack.
A correct diagnosis
is very important. Rheumatologists will usually remove fluid from the
joint and examine it for gout crystals. Once the diagnosis has been confirmed,
treatment can be started.
Gout Crystals (yellow) under a Polarized Microscope
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