Gouty arthritis, or gout, is an extremely painful disease that affects the joints of the elderly, obese and diabetics. Uric acid crystals are found in these damaged joints. Why do these crystals form, and how do they relate to the unbearable pain experienced by those who have gout? Discover more in this episode of Medicurio.
Informative websites to consult on gout:
Gout and Uric Acid Education Society:
Tophus images (click at your own risk!):
Foundation of arthritis:
Something that intrigued me when I was researching on gout was why there were even proteins that reabsorbed uric acid from the urine when all it does is cause hyperuricemia. Surprisingly, everyone has a low level of uric acid in the blood, which indicates that uric acid can be important for life, possibly as a natural antioxidant. However, too much causes gout.
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