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    What causes gout?

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    Dr Irwin Lim

    Rheumatologist

    Irwin completed his Rheumatology training in 2003. The majority of his time is spent treating inflammatory arthritis and in particular rheumatoid arthritis and the spondyloarthritis. … View Profile

    Gout occurs in people with hyperuricaemia. By that, we mean increased levels of uric acid in the blood. In some, this is due to having excessive weight and in some, there are genetic factors which cause these.Triggers for gout include trauma which helps explain why the toes and feet, and the elbows are most commonly affected.Other triggers include dietary intake leading to excessive formation of uric acid or to factors leading to less excretion of uric acid at the kidneys.Common examples include a recent binge of alcohol or shellfish; or the commencement of certain medications which interfere with how your body handles uric acid.  

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