Tophi due to gout on fingers of patient

Tophi due to gout on fingers of patient

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Caption: Gout. Close-up of the fingers of a patient suffering from gout, showing tophi (swellings) in the joints. Gout is a disease caused by a defect in uric acid metabolism. Excessive uric acid (and its salts, sodium urate) accumulate in the bloodstream and the joint capsules forming tophi. These are an acute inflammation, with accompanying swelling, redness and pain. Gout has traditionally been associated with "excessive living", in particular overeating and overdrinking. Treatment involves the use of anti- inflammatory drugs and abstention from rich foods and excessive alcohol.

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Keywords: arthritic, arthritis, condition, disease, disorder, finger hand, gout, gouty, gouty arthritis, hand, healthcare, medical, medicine, tophi, tophus, uric acid metabolism

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