Gout: A new focus on an old disease

OverviewGout is an increasingly common condition predominantly affecting middle aged men. Although commonly related to the intake rich foods, a raised serum uric acid level also causes gout. Gout may present in the pre-hospital setting due to the intensity of the key presenting symptom – that of pain.This Continuing Professional Development (CPD) module focuses at the aetiology and incidence of gout, discusses the presenting signs and symptoms likely and suggested management plan. Although patients with gout rarely require hospital admission, a differential diagnosis of septic arthritis should be excluded and patients may require referral to the Emergency Department to confirm or exclude this diagnosis.Learning OutcomesAfter completing this module you will:To provide an overview of the incidence and prevalence of gout in the UKTo outline and identify the presenting symptoms and underlying aetiologyTo outline the therapeutic and nontherapeutic treatmentsTo describe some lifestyle choices impacting on the prevalence of gout

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