Medical Terminology Made Simple: Gout

Barry Lenson

Medical Terminology Made Simple: Gout

As a service to people who are thinking of entering the medical and medical support professions, StraighterLine is launching a series of short posts on medical terminology.

Today’s medical term is . . . Gout

Back in Victorian times, people believed that gout was a disease that afflicted aging men who had spent their lives overindulging in rich fatty foods and alcohol. That stigma has now been removed from the disease. Even though most of the people who suffer from it really are men of middle age or older, it is now understood that gout is caused by abnormally high levels of uric acid in the blood.

The most noticeable symptoms of gout include acute pain in the knees, ankles and other joints. But other problems accompany gout too, including impaired kidney function.

Even though gout can be largely controlled by diet and medications, it tends to flare up from time to time. That’s another reason why gout is not a nice disease to get.

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