Gout


Specialty of Rheumatology

Gout is an inflammatory disease caused by deposition of uric acid crystals in the joints. Sometimes these crystals are deposited in the kidneys, causing renal colic or alterations in their function. The main cause of gout is hyperuricemia, ie, have high levels of uric acid in the blood. Other risk factors include obesity, high blood pressure, intake of certain foods and alcohol abuse. Symptoms of the disease are sudden attacks of severe pain and swelling in a joint, causing arthritis, being the base of the big toe most affected. Gout also other signs as cold, chills and tachycardia. The treatment is based on the administration of anti-inflammatory.

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