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Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Posted by Dr Prahallad Panda on 7:00 AM Comments

Gout is a form of joint disease characterized by excruciating pain especially in the small joint of foot.Typically it affects the joint of great toe called the metatarsophalangeal joint which is swollen,glossy,reddish and painful to move. The pain typically occurs at night is excruciating in nature keeping the patient awake and seek help. Commonly it affects persons with high animal protein intake apart from various other causes.A sort of metabolic product uric acid gets deposited in the joints.The disease can be confirmed by testing the uric acid level in blood which should be above 8mg.% in male and in female above 6mg.%. Medication shold be continued basing on advice of a physician and it remains under control.

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