Discussion of Gout
- Gout is a metabolic disorder characterized by hyperuricemia
- Arises from either an increase in production or a decrease in excretion of uric acid.
- Chronic hyperuricemia results in deposition of monosodium urate within or around the joints.
- Occurs far more frequently in men than in women.
- It typically occurs in adults, usually in the 5th to 7th decades of life.
- Globally, the disease shows a predilection for the articulations of the lower extremities.
- The most common sites of abnormality are the feet, hands, wrists, elbows, and knees.
- Articular manifestations occur in the different stages of the disease and include acute arthritis, an intermediate phase, and chronic tophaceous gout.
 Imaging Findings for Gout
- Well-defined erosions with overhanging edges
- Preservation of joint spaces
- Lack of periarticular osteopenia
- Soft-tissue nodules
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 References for Gout
- Jaume Llauger, Jaume Palmer, Núria Rosón, Sílvia Bagué, Àngels Camins, and Rosa Cremades. Nonseptic Monoarthritis: Imaging Features with Clinical and Histopathologic Correlation. RadioGraphics 2000 20: 263S-278S.
- Patrick J. Sheldon, Deborah M. Forrester, and Thomas J. Learch. Imaging of Intraarticular Masses. RadioGraphics 2005 25: 105-119.