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.
Nursing Standard. 29, 2, 50-56. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.2.50.e8464Correspondence
This article has been subject to double blind peer review
Received: 21 October 2013
Accepted: 01 July 2014