Understanding Gout

Gout is a chronic condition that usually requires lifelong treatment.

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To really understand gout you have to realize that this dramatic event is a symptom of the disease and not the disease itself. The disease of gout occurs when deposits of uric acid accumulate in and around joints, says Dr. Mandell. These deposits can occasionally break down and form crystals, which cause the symptom, which is the gout attack.
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