Can Chronic Gout Cause More Serious Problems?

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Ask the experts

I am a young man, just turned 30 the day before my last flare up. I first suffered an attack at the age of 24. My father and uncle both have a history of gout. I've only had it 3 times, but I'm concerned about the long range affects gout will have on me. Is it common to develop other, more serious symptoms other than the flares I get in my foot?

Doctor's response

Long-term consequences of gout can include joint damage, skin nodules of uric acid, and kidney injury and/or stones. Recurring flares of arthritis is the most common presentation long-term consequence. The long-term consequences of gouty arthritis can be minimized by taking medications that reduce the uric acid level in the blood. Examples of such medications include allopurinol (Xyloprim) and benemid (Probenecid).

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Reviewed on 1/11/2018