Gout is the most common inflammatory arthritis among adults in Western nations; its prevalence exceeds that of rheumatoid arthritis. A leading risk factor for development of gout is lifestyle, especially excessive intake of purines, alcohol, and fructose. Use of certain medications (eg, diuretics) can increase risk, as can the presence of comorbid conditions including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and chronic kidney disease.
The underlying pathophysiology of gout is well understood. Gout is a disease of crystal deposition caused by persistent elevation of serum uric acid (SUA) levels above the saturation point for monosodium urate (MSU) crystal formation. Following a period of asymptomatic hyperuricemia, sodium urate crystals gradually accumulate in and around peripheral joints, tendons, and bursae. This accumulation is initially "silent" – that is, it does not cause symptoms – but over time, as urate crystals are shed from articular cartilage into the joint spaces, patients typically experience acute attacks, or flares, of painful synovitis. Left unchecked, this buildup of MSU crystals induces inflammation and eventually causes accumulations of densely packed crystals (tophi) on articular cartilage and bone, resulting in irreversible joint damage, pain, and other chronic symptoms. Clinicians need to be aware that appropriate use of therapies designed to lower SUA levels to a target of ≤6 mg/dL not only prevents flares but can in many cases can result in a cure.
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Brian F. Mandell, MD, PhD
Grant/Research Support and Consultant: Horizon
Joan McTigue, MS, PA-C
Nothing to disclose
Craig Nielsen, MD
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