Gout is not just a one-time event. It can be prolonged and chronic, affecting organs other than the joints. We discuss the stages of Gout and the long-term complications that arise from this disease when left untreated.
Gout is an inflammatory arthritis that belongs to a group of arthropathies called the ‘crystalline arthropathies’. Gout is caused by a robust inflammatory response to uric acid crystals which occurs in the setting of hyperuricemia (high uric acid levels in the blood).