Gout: no longer the disease of kings.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Once described as the disease of kings, gout has developed a much greater incidence and prevalence. The incidence of gout is on the rise predominantly in the elderly. There appears to be a greater risk of developing gout with hyperuricemia, hypertension, and renal disease. High fructose drinks, red meat, organ meats, fatty seafood, and beer or liquor also appear to increase the risk of developing gout. Gout can lead to inflammation and damage to cartilage, bone, bursa, tendons, heart, or kidneys. Patients with gout will have many years of asymptomatic hyperuricemia followed by episodes of acute gouty inflammation and asymptomatic periods. Some people with gout will progress to chronic gout with tophi deposits, pain, deformity, and bone and cartilage destruction.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zychowicz, ME

Published Date

  • September 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 30 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 322 - 330

PubMed ID

  • 21934587

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1542-538X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0744-6020

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/nor.0b013e31822c5aa7


  • eng