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      Category : Health Centers > Bones, Joints, and Muscles


Alternate Names : Acute Gout, Gouty Arthritis, Acute Gouty Arthritis

Gout | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What are the signs and symptoms of the disease?

Gout can cause a sudden onset of severe joint pain such as the following:

  • The pain is usually described as excruciating, throbbing, or crushing.
  • The pain usually starts during the night.
  • Generally, only the main joint of 1 or both of the big toes is involved.
  • Usually, only 1 or 2 joints are affected at a time.
  • It typically lasts for 2 or 3 days and then stops.
  • It recurs occasionally.
  • Although gout is most commonly seen in the great toes, it may also affect the joints of the fingers, hands, feet, or toes. Less commonly, the hips, shoulders, elbows, and wrists can be involved.

    Following are other symptoms of gout:

  • joint swelling
  • redness over and around the joint
  • fever
  • a lump over the joint that has a chalky material draining from it
  • joint stiffness

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    Gout: Diagnosis & Tests

    Author: James Broomfield, MD
    Reviewer: Barbara Mallari, RN, BSN, PHN
    Date Reviewed: 07/13/01

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