Viewer Question:What is intercritical gout? My uncle was told he has this disease. Thanks, Laura
Doctor's Response:The intervals between attacks of gouty arthritis are referred to as intercritical periods. A patient who has intercritical gout simply has gout that has caused attack(s) of inflammation in a joint(s) in the past, but it is not active at the time the doctor is evaluating the patient.
Intercritical gout in your uncle is simply gout that is not active at the time the doctor evaluated him.
For further example, the diagnosis of gout in a patient with an elevated blood uric acid level and a past history of attacks of inflammation in a single joint may be difficult or not conclusive during an intercritical phase.Thank you for your question.
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