Are Gout and Aplastic Anemia Related?

Last Editorial Review: 1/11/2018

Ask the experts

My father-in-law has suffered from gout for several years and was put on colbenemid and developed symptoms of aplastic anemia approx. 3 years ago. Bone marrow bx did not show cancerous cells. After long doses of steroids, his low platlet count, low WBC count, etc. has resolved.

Doctor's response

Yes. Gout can present in association with blood dyscrasias, such as leukemia, polycythemia, and other myeloproliferative diseases.

It is of note that colchicine (which is a component of Colbenemid) can cause bone marrow suppression and result in low blood counts.

For more information, please read our full medical article on colchicine