Summary

Gout is a painful crystal-induced arthritis, typified by acute attacks with pain-free episodes between attacks that progresses to chronic inflammatory arthritis with functional limitations and deformities if inadequately untreated.  Gout is now the most common inflammatory arthritis in the US, affecting 3.9% of adults, which corresponds to an estimated 8.3 million US adults. PCPs need to correctly recognize the various stages of gout in order to implement appropriate treatments to minimize the morbidity associated with this disease. 


Tuhina Neogi MD, PhD, FRCPC is a rheumatologist and epidemiologist, and is the author of this module.

This module was funded by an educational grant from the Arthritis Foundation.

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