Complications of Gout
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Since: Nov 10
#1 Dec 13, 2010
What are the complications of gout? If uric acid levels remain raised for long periods of time, or there are frequent recurrent attacks, deposits of uric acid salts may appear around the joint. These are called tophi and appear as chalky coloured nodules. The may also appear in other areas of the body such as the ears.
Recurrent severe attacks and tophi can cause permanent damage to the joints. Surgery may be required to restore the joint and this can include joint replacement surgery.
Damage to the delicate filters of the kidneys and the developement of kidney stones can impair kidney function which can lead to renal failure.
In order to prevent the complications of gout it is critical to treat gout attacks quickly and prevent further attacks by adopting a healthier life style.
Gout is a progressive and long term disease. Speak to your physician and decide what route would be best for you.
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