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Swollen hand in gout. Close-up of the hands of a 90-year-old male patient, comparing the normal appearance of the healthy left hand (right) to that of the right hand (left) with is reddened and swollen due to gout. Gout is a disorder of uric acid metabolism in which crystals deposit in the joints causing painful swelling. Treatment includes anti-inflammatory drugs and drugs to lower the level of uric acid in the blood. Attacks of gout usually subside after a few days.
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