Gout finger joints

by Nathan Wei, MD, FACP, FACR

Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit. It's available exclusively at this website... not available in stores.

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One of the oldest known diseases, gout was once considered "the disease of kings" because it was associated with rich food and drink.

Today gout affects all socioeconomic groups.

Gout causes sudden, severe pain, tenderness and swelling in joints. It usually affects one joint at a time, often the big toe. At first, bouts of gout may be infrequent and last only about a week or so, but without treatment they may happen more often and last longer.

Long-standing, severe gouty arthritis affects the finger

joints. Collections of urate crystals in masses called tophi cause enlargement and pain affecting the proximal and distal interphalangeal joints. Tophi erode into the joints and cause crippling deformity.

Postmenopausal women on diuretic therapy are particularly prone to developing this occurrence. The joints most commonly affected in this group are the distal interphalangeal joints.

Gout involvement in the fingers can be a diagnostic puzzle since it may resemble rheumatoid arthritis. Another conundrum can occur when a patient has both diseases (gout and rheumatoid arthritis).

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