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Other Conditions With Symptoms Similar to Gout

The symptoms of gout (warmth, pain, swelling, and extreme tenderness in joints) may be related to other medical conditions. Some of the conditions that can have symptoms similar to those of gout are:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA). But rheumatoid arthritis affects more than one joint and generally affects both sides of the body. RA especially affect the hands and wrists. Most of the time, gout affects only one joint and is more common in the feet or toes.
  • Osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis develops slowly and is ongoing, while a gout attack develops quickly and you may not have symptoms between attacks.
  • A joint infected with bacteria (much less common than gout). The treatment of an infected joint requires intravenous antibiotics and hospitalization, so talk to your doctor if any of the following signs or conditions are present:
  • Pseudogout, a disease in which calcium deposits collect in and around joints. Pseudogout may show up as a swollen, painful knee, ankle, or wrist in older adults.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerAnne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerNancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Last RevisedJune 12, 2012

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: June 12, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.

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