Gout settling in ears
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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Gout is a syndrome caused by inflammation from tissue deposition of monosodium urate (MSU) crystals.
Gout is characterized by hyperuricemia (elevated blood uric acid levels).
The most frequent sites of MSU deposition are cartilage, joints, tendons, and the kidney.
Crystals form clumps and cause inflammation and deposits called “tophi.”
Tophi are composed of protein rich matrix, MSU crystals, and fibrous tissue. When joints are affected, cartilage degeneration, erosion of bone, and inflammation of the lining of the joint (synovitis) occur.
With chronic gout, tophi may develop in odd locations such as the helix of the ear. Other sites include the elbow, knee, forearm, and Achilles tendons.
The skin overlying these deposits is often shiny and may ulcerate. Tophi often progress and may occur in the hands, shoulders, the sternoclavicular joint (joint joining the breastbone to the collar bone), hips, spine, and sacroiliac joints.
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