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is caused by too much uric acid in the blood (hyperuricemia). Hyperuricemia
usually does no harm. But sometimes when uric acid levels in the blood are too
high, uric acid forms crystals that build up in the joints. The crystals can
cause a gout attack. A gout attack typically causes pain, swelling, redness,
and warmth (inflammation) in a single joint, most often the big toe.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerMary F. McNaughton Collins, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine
Current as ofFebruary 24, 2016
Current as of:
February 24, 2016
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Mary F. McNaughton Collins, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine
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