Gout: clinical presentation and management
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Gout: clinical presentation and management

Gail Burbage Rheumatology specialist nurse and head of service, Rheumatology department, King’s Mill Hospital, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.

Gout is a painful inflammatory condition that can affect a variety of joints, causes significant distress and is associated with a number of comorbidities. This article aims to dispel the myths surrounding this condition and explore the pathogenesis, clinical presentation, risk factors and diagnosis. It also describes the treatment options and lifestyle changes that can reduce the effects of this condition and the incidence of reoccurring episodes.

Correspondence gail.burbage@sfh-tr.nhs.uk

Nursing Standard. 29, 2,50-56. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.2.50.e8464

Received: 21 October 2013

Accepted: 01 July 2014

Published in print: 10 September 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review