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[edit] Discussion of Gout

  • Gout is a metabolic disorder characterized by hyperuricemia
  • Arises from either an increase in production or a decrease in excretion of uric acid.
  • Chronic hyperuricemia results in deposition of monosodium urate within or around the joints.
  • Occurs far more frequently in men than in women.
  • It typically occurs in adults, usually in the 5th to 7th decades of life.

  • Globally, the disease shows a predilection for the articulations of the lower extremities.
  • The most common sites of abnormality are the feet, hands, wrists, elbows, and knees.

  • Articular manifestations occur in the different stages of the disease and include acute arthritis, an intermediate phase, and chronic tophaceous gout.

[edit] Imaging Findings for Gout

  • Well-defined erosions with overhanging edges
  • Preservation of joint spaces
  • Lack of periarticular osteopenia
  • Soft-tissue nodules

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